299 - Behaviorology

Course Title: Behaviorology 299

Instructor: James O'Heare, DLBC, CDBC, CABC

Tuition: $300

Course Description:

Behaviorology 299 is a more advanced coverage of the principles of behavior and the behaviorological orientation. This elective course is highly recommended for those who want a more advanced and in-depth coverage of the principles of behavior and behavior analysis / behaviorology as a field of studying the natural science of behavior.

Behavioral Objectives:

The objective of this program of study is to measurably expand the student's repertoire of behaviors in relevant areas of focus for the program of study. To complete this course of study, the student will:

  • Explain the assumptions of the natural science of behavior
  • Explain and analyze the notion of behavior in operational / scientific terms
  • Describe and analyze the functional relationship between behavior and the environment
  • Identify and explain what explanatory fictions are
  • Define, discuss and analyze the concept of concurrent contingencies
  • Define and discuss postcedent behavior change processes

Topics Covered in Primary Course Text Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • A natural science of behavior
  • Kinds of behavior: Definitions and classifications
  • Functional relations in the science of behavior
  • Explanatory fictions
  • Behavior in its natural context
  • Concurrent contingencies
  • Analytical fallacies
  • Postcedent behavior change processes

Texts:

  • General Behaviorology by Lawrence E. Fraley, Chapters I, 1-7 and 12 and 13. Click here.

Course Evaluation:

This course will be evaluated by short essay assignments and fill in the blank assignments that will reflect and demonstrate mastery of the course topics and achievement of the learning objectives. The final grade will be the mean average of the assignment grades.

Prerequisites: Principles of Behavior 104


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