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Course Syllabus

Course: PSY 1405

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Behavioral Science
Title: Analysis of Behavior Lab

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: In this lab, students apply the fundamental principles of learning and behavior as learned in the lecture section.The lab applies topics such as classical and operant conditioning and their ability to change human and animal behavior. Therefore as part of the lab, students work on projects such as: training a virtual rat and creating behavioral interventions.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: PSY 1010

Justification: This course is designed supplement the objectives in the PSY 1400 lecture section, and to give students a basic application of concepts learned in the psychology of learning and behaviorism.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Gain proficiency in reading, writing about, and conducting behavioral research This will be assessed via Simulation Assignments, Lab reports, and Behavioral intervention assignments.

Prepare for further study in the experimental and applied analysis of behavior or psychology This will be assessed via Simulation Assignments, Lab reports, and Behavioral intervention assignments.

Become familiar with the basic principles, procedures, terms, and concepts of applied behavior analysis and behavior modification This will be assessed via Simulation Assignments, Lab reports, and Behavioral intervention assignments.

Prepare to correctly use the principles of behavior analysis in everyday situations with humans and non humans This will be assessed via Simulation Assignments, Lab reports, and Behavioral intervention assignments.

Demonstrate skill in the successful application of basic behavior principles in the laboratory with (virtual) animal subjects and/or behavioral interventions This will be assessed via Simulation Assignments, Lab reports, and Behavioral intervention assignments.


Content:
Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with learning experiences in the following subject areas:
- The Study of Learning and Behavior
- Pavlovian Procedures
- Operant Procedures: Reinforcement
- Operant Procedures: Punishment
- Vicarious Learning
- Generalization, Discrimination, and Stimulus Control
- Schedules of Reinforcement


Key Performance Indicators:
Simulation Assignments 10 to 50%

Written Lab Reports 10 to 70%

Behavioral Interventions 10 to 70%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Sniffy the Virtual Rat, current edition

How to think like a behavior analyst, current edition


Pedagogy Statement:
This is the lab-portion of Psychology 1400. It provides students the opportunity to have hands on experiences with the concepts learned in Class via simulations and lab activities. It is application based.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture/Lab

Lab

Maximum Class Size: 40
Optimum Class Size: 30