Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the experimental evaluation of behavioral interventions through the systematic manipulation of independent variables to analyze their effects on treatment. Application and practical and ethical considerations are discussed in depth for each of the following single-subject experimental designs: (a) multiple baseline, (b) changing criterion, (c) alternating treatments, and (d) withdrawal designs. Additionally, component and parametric analyses are discussed. Students engage in weekly sessions and conduct two individual behavioral research projects that present analysis of data according to two different experimental designs studied in this course. The projects include a rationale for the selection of the design, a clear analysis and interpretation of the results, a clear depiction of behavioral data using tables and graphs, a rationale for the selected measurement system, and a statement of how the selected design helps advance our understanding of an important behavioral question.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Effectively conduct experimental evaluation of interventions
- Design and critique small N experiments in a form and quality appropriate for journal review
- Apply reliability measures and calculate effect sizes through interpretation and display of data
- Apply statistics formulas for single case time series designs
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Applied Behavior Analysis : Required Course (24 units)