Psych 7913 vt sem select topics (queens college)syllabus


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Psych 7913 vt sem select topics (queens college)syllabus

  1. 1. Fall 2012 Course Syllabus Psychology 7913-01 Fall 2012 Course: Learning and Behavior Analysis Instructor: Patricia D’Ateno, Ph.D., BCBA-D Class Meets: Thursday 6:30-8:20 Powdermaker 112 Phone: 997-3200 (Psychology Office) E-mail: Office Hours: After class and by appointment Office Location: Razran 238 Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the principles of behavior analysis, classical and operant conditioning. Learning Goals: Students will demonstrate an introductory level of understanding of:  The experimental analysis of behavior  Reflexive behavior and respondent conditioning  Basic principles of reinforcement & extinction  Schedules of reinforcement  Punishment  Operant-Respondent interrelationships  Stimulus control  Choice & preference  Conditioned reinforcement  Imitation & rule-governed behavior  Verbal behavior  Applied behavior analysis  Selection of behavior by consequences, culture, and biology Students will demonstrate understanding in written format through:  Tests and a Final Examination Students will demonstrate the ability to orally convey their understanding of these concepts through:  Class discussions of these topics. Required Text: Pierce, W. D., & Cheney, C. D. (2008). Behavior analysis and learning (4th edition). NY, NY: Psychology Press. [ISBN: 978-0-8058-6260-7]
  2. 2. Fall 2012 Tests and Examination: 1. There will be 4 tests. Each test will cover the material from 3 chapters. Tests will be short answer & multiple-choice format. You will be given 30- 40 minutes to complete each test. 2. There will be a final examination that is cumulative. The material on the final examination will be similar to the material from each of the tests. Extra Credit: Extra credit points are available for class participation. There are no other opportunities to earn extra credit points. Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism and cheating are both forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism includes plagiarizing published material as well as plagiarizing the work of your fellow students. The consequence for academic dishonesty may range from a reduced grade on the writing assignment/exam, to a failing grade (F) on either the written assignment or for the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. To access more information on the Student Disciplinary Process please see: Attendance: Although attendance is not a component of your grade, it is important for you to attend class. Your comprehension of the course material will be enhanced through your participation in class discussions. Additionally, extra-credit points are available for class participation, which is not possible if you are not in class. ADA Statement: Students who need academic accommodations should register with the Special Services Office. The Special Services Office is located in Frese Hall Room 111 (phone: 718 997- 5870). Please provide your instructor with the necessary information about testing accommodations in a timely manner. The Special Services Office website can be found at:, or email questions to Grading: Students’ final grades will be comprised of the following components: Four Tests: 50 points each Final Examination: 100 points
  3. 3. Fall 2012 Final Grades: Number of Points Earned / 300 * 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
  4. 4. Fall 2012 Class Topic Assignment Tests 8/30/12 Introduction/Course Overview 9/6/12 Experimental Analysis of Behavior Chapters 1 & 2 9/13/12 Reflexive Behavior and Respondent Conditioning Chapter 3 9/20/12 Reinforcement & Extinction of Operant Behavior Chapter 4 Test: Chapters 1, 2 & 3 9/27/12 Schedules of Reinforcement Chapter 5 10/4/12 Aversive Control of Behavior Chapter 6 10/11/12 Operant-Respondent Interrelationships and the Biological Context of Conditioning Chapter 7 Test: Chapters 4, 5, & 6 10/18/12 Stimulus Control Chapter 8 10/25/12 Choice and Preference Chapter 9 11/1/12 Conditioned Reinforcement Chapter 10 Test: Chapters 7, 8, & 9 11/8/12 Correspondence Relations: Imitation and Rule-governed behavior Chapter 11 11/15/12 Verbal Behavior Chapter 12 11/22/12 NO CLASS NO CLASS 11/29/12 Applied Behavior Analysis Chapter 13 Test: Chapters 10, 11, & 12
  5. 5. Fall 2012 12/6/12 Three Levels of Selection: Biology, Behavior, and Culture Chapter 14 12/20/12 6:30-8:30 FINAL EXAMINATION
  6. 6. Fall 2012