Psych 730.05 prac appld behavior (queens college) fall2012 syllabus

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  • 1. Fall 2012 PSY 730.05 Applied Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Applied Project (Syllabus written by Dr. Daniel Fienup) Instructor: Dr. Patricia D’Ateno Office: Razran 238 Phone: 718-997-3200 (Psychology Office) Learning Goals:  Develop a research question based on the available research and the needs of your practicum placement  Develop a clinical evaluation/research project that targets a socially important behavior  Operationally define target behaviors  Develop a measurement system/data collection system  Develop a procedure to evaluate the effects of your independent variable  Conduct a literature review  Write a method section for your project using APA-style Required Texts: Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd ed.). Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). American Psychological Association: Washington, DC. **Make sure your copy is not one of the originally issued copies with errors. Course Assignments: Personal Assessment: Completed the first day of class. This questionnaire is designed to assess your skills on the topics that will be covered in class as well as your plans for completing the practicum project. Worth 5 points. Operational Definition: In-class assignment. Students will be asked to develop and operational define a target response. The operational definition you develop will be used for the “Data Collection” and “IOA Calculation” assignments. Worth 5 points. Data Collection: In-class assignment. Students will be required to collect data on the target response developed in class. Worth 5 points. IOA Calculation: In-class assignment. Students will be required to calculate Interobserver Agreement (IOA) using data collected during class time. Worth 5 points. Graphing in Excel: Take-home assignment. Students will be required to create 3 graphs in MS Excel based on the skills taught during the class period. Worth 20 points. Ethics Training: Each student will complete two ethics tutorials (i.e., Human Subjects Research and Responsible Conduct of Research). For time management purposes, please keep in mind that completing both tutorials will take several hours. You must pass both tutorials. The program will explain what a passing score is. When you are done, the program will provide you with a certificate of completion for each tutorial. Turn in both certificates of completion to receive 10 points.
  • 2. Fall 2012 To complete the training, go to Register for a new account. Your participating institution is “City University of New York (CUNY).” Check “No” for anticipating CME/CEU credits. You are completing the training as a graduate student. Quizzes: Throughout the semester there will be 8 quizzes. The quizzes will cover: 1) Readings assigned for the current class 2) Material already covered in the class up to that point in time. Quizzes will be handed out when class begins at 4:30 and will be collected at 4:45. Each student is allowed to drop the score of one quiz, meaning that 7 quiz scores will be recorded in the grade book. 10 points each quiz, 70 points total. Peer Mentoring Groups By the 3rd week of class we will break into peer mentoring groups. Each group will contain 3-4 students. This peer mentoring group will provide you with feedback and help to develop your project. The group will be more intimately involved in developing each other’s project, knowing more about the question, measurement, design, and even feasibility obstacles than they will know about the projects of all the other students in the class. The group members will each develop their own project and gain more in depth knowledge about the other projects, providing multiple exemplars of the development of an applied project. They will also be in the role of helping to troubleshoot obstacles in each others’ projects. When we have small group project meetings, you will be meeting with your peer mentoring group and the instructor as we discuss each of your projects. Some assignments in class will specifically be completed with your peer mentoring group. Skill Acquisition Applied Project: Each student will be required to identify an applied research question and conduct a research study at your practicum site. For this project you will:  Identify an applied research question related to your practicum site.  Conduct a literature review (with references) in APA format.  Recruit participants.  Write a proposed method section.  Graph proposed and actual data using Excel. Article Summaries: You will find a research article related to your applied project. For three different articles, you will complete the Article Summary Form. Three article summaries will be turned in during different classes. 10 points each, 30 points total. Midterm: Your midterm will include a statement about the importance of the target behavior (max 1-page), a summary of articles (minimum 5 articles), and a 1-page summary of all the articles. Details will be provided in class. 100 points. Final paper: Your final paper will include title page, a revised midterm, a method section, and hypothetical data (graphed). Your paper must adhere to APA style. Details will be provided in class. 100 points. *GROUP PROJECTS: Although some students may work in groups, each member of the group must hand in their own written work (midterm & final). The group can work together on the design and methods, but each member will independently write a paper. *As always, you must conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner during the practicum and as you conduct your project. Attendance at Practicum site:
  • 3. Fall 2012 In order to conduct your applied project you will have to negotiate working with a practicum site. It is up to you to negotiate that relationship. If you do not find a practicum placement you will not be able to receive a grade in this course. Additional Information: Incomplete (INC) Grade: This is a temporary grade assigned when: (a) a student does not satisfy a portion of the course requirements; and (b) there is a reasonable expectation that the student can pass the course by submitting the outstanding work by the end of the Fall 2012 semester. Students assigned a grade of INC must satisfy missing course requirements by the deadline you establish. This deadline may be no later than the end of the Fall 2012 semester. A grade of INC not resolved to a regular grade by the end of the Fall 2012 semester will be converted to a grade of F. For this class, one must complete the research project/write-up prior to receiving a grade. Late Assignments: Late assignments will automatically lose 50% of the points available from your final score. Assignments will not be accepted after 1-week late. Academic Honesty: Plagiarism and copying other students’ work will not be tolerated. Severe penalties will follow from the discovery of any representation of another individual’s work (in any form) as your own. This includes copying any portion of another student’s paper or exam. Plagiarism and copying the work of others will result in zero points for the particular assignment and referral to the Applied Behavior Analysis executive committee for further action. Penalties for committing academic dishonesty may further include a permanent mark on your academic transcript and suspension and/or expulsion. If you have any questions about what constitutes academic dishonesty, please see your instructor. Final Grades: Number of Points Earned / 350 * 100 = % in Class Grade % A+ 97-100 A 93-96 A- 90-92 B+ 87-89 B 83-86 B- 80-82 C+ 77-79 C 73-76 C- 70-72 F 0-69 Week Topic Readings Assi 8/27/12 Introductions Projects from previous semesters Overview of class Personal done 9/3/12 NO CLASS - HOLIDAY NO CLASS NO 9/10/12 Measurement: Selecting and Defining Target Behaviors Cooper Chapter 3 CITI Eth
  • 4. Fall 2012 Project: Developing a research question, Literature Reviews, Details of Article Summaries 9/17/12 NO CLASS - HOLIDAY NO CLASS NO 9/24/12 Measurement: Measuring Behavior, Improving and Assessing the Quality of Behavior Measurement Project: Small-groups, share the article you brought to class, continue developing research question Cooper Chapter 4 1st Artic In-class: De Colle Assi 10/01/12 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS Assessing the Quality of Behavior Measurement Project: APA Style Citations, References, Running Head, Title Page. Discuss details of Midterm Cooper Chapter 5 APA Manual: Chapter 6, Chapter 7 2nd Artic 10/8/12 NO CLASS - HOLIDAY NO CLASS NO 10/10/12 *Wed* SMALL GROUP MEETINGS 3rd Artic 10/15/12 Measurement: Constructing and Interpreting Graphic Displays of Behavior Basics of Graphs Project: Progress Updates Cooper Chapter 6 10/22/12 Midterm Due by 4:30 pm Project: Progress Updates/ SMALL GROUP MEETINGS Midte (Statemen An Bibliogr summary 10/29/12 Measurement: Analyzing Behavior Change: Basic Assumptions and Strategies Project: Progress Updates Cooper Chapter 7 11/5/12 Measurement: Reversal and Alternating Treatments Design, Multiple Baseline and Changing Criterion Designs Cooper Chapter 8 and 9
  • 5. Fall 2012 Project: Progress Updates 11/12/12 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS Graphi Assign 11/19/12 Measurement: Planning and Evaluating Applied Behavior Analysis Research Cooper Chapter 10 11/26/12 Measurement: none Project: APA Style (level headings, writing numbers, etc.), Writing a Method Section (in APA style) APA Manual: 2.06, 4.27, 4.31-4.40 12/3/12 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS 12/10/12 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS 12/17/12 Final Paper Due by 6:30pm Fin