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PSYC 324 Practical Behavior Analysis and Modification

Students in this course examine the potential problems and ethical decision making in the applied behavior analysis field. Topics include the field's learning principles, history, ethical considerations, the behavioral model (identification of target behaviors, behavior measurement, intervention techniques and evaluation) and implementation strategies in a variety of contexts including clinical settings. Students also review recently published literature describing behavior analysis research.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analysis of the model within social, cultural and ethical context will be required.
  • Models will be applied to areas of behavioral analysis to evaluate human behavior.
  • Student will learn classic models of learning such as classical and operant conditioning and the application of these models to analysis and modification of behavior.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.