Behaviour Analysis and Intervention - TZ862

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring
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7 10 (5) DR C Padden


This is a compulsory module.

Full-time students will normally take all the other distance learning academic modules (TZ863D, TZ830D, TZ861D and TZ865) alongside this one. Part-time students will take this module alongside TZ861D and TZ865 in year 2, having completed TZ863D and TZ830D in year one. Students on the PGDip and MA in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by distance learning will also complete TZ997D. Students on the PGDip in Autism studies will also take TZ996/994 or TZPGaut2.

Students on the MA in autism studies will take TZ995/997 OR TZ996/994 and TZPGaut2.

Part-time PG Certificate students can decide which modules to take in Year 1 and which in Year 2.


• Experimental analysis of behaviour and applied behaviour analysis
• Cognitive behavioural techniques
• Teaching new skills
• Communication skills
• Challenging behaviour: definitions, measurement and epidemiology
• Causes of challenging behaviour
• Functional analysis and behavioural interventions for challenging behaviour
• Special needs: profound and multiple handicap; sensory impairment; mild disabilities



100% Exam


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 spread across 7 workshops



Method of assessment

This module's objectives are primarily about the acquisition of professionally relevant knowledge. Accordingly, knowledge acquisition is assessed through a web-based examination.

Indicative reading

The key texts will include:

Baum, W.M. (1994) Understanding Behaviourism: Science, Behaviour and Culture. New York: Harper Collins College Publishers. BF199

Carr, E. et al. (1994) Communication-based Intervention for Problem Behaviour Baltimore: Paul Brookes Pub. Co. BF680.7

Clements, J. (1987) Severe Learning Disability and Psychological Handicap. Chichester: Wiley and Sons. BF770

Durand, V. (1990) Severe Behaviour Problems: a Functional Communication Training Approach. New York: Guilford Press. BF823.B4

Emerson, E. (1995) Challenging Behaviour: Analysis and Intervention in People with Learning Difficulties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. BF651.4.M47

Remington, B. (1991) The Challenge of Severe Mental Handicap: A Behaviour Analytic Approach. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. BF770

Further reading will be recommended during the lectures and tutorials.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will:

• Be familiar with the principles of the experimental analysis of behaviour and applied behaviour analysis
• Understand the methods and the difficulties of behavioural assessment
• Know the ways in which individuals (and carers) have been supported to build new skills in self-care, communication and other skill domains
• Understand methods of functional analysis
• Know a range of behavioural and cognitive techniques of intervention with individuals and the limitations of these techniques.


• Learn to use the research literature as the main source of information on each of the topics studied (B1 Appraise and interpret evidence from the academic literature)
• Learn to use IT resources to follow up what they hear in lectures and what they read on the web-based material (D3 Information and technology Key skills 3 level 5)
• Learn to summarise their reading in order to contribute to web-based and group discussions (D1 Communication; Key skill 1, level 5)
• Organise and manage their studying independently with support from tutors (D5 Improving own learning Key skills 5 level 5)


Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E., Howard, W.L. (2007, 2nd Ed.) Applied Behaviour Analysis. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill-Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131293273 BF199

Emerson, E. & Einfeld, S.L. (2011, 3rd Ed.) Challenging Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0521728932 BF651.4.M47

Background reading:

Carr, E. et al. (1994) Communication-based Intervention for Problem Behavior. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Pub. Co. ISBN: 1557661596 BF680.7

Kroese, B.S. Dagnan, D. & Loumidis, K. (1997) Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities. Taylor & Francis Ltd. ISBN: 0415127513 (pbk) BF 689.C63

Sigafoos, J., Arthur, M., O’Reilly, M (2003) Challenging Behavior and Developmental Disability. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. ISBN: 1861563787 BF770

Skinner, B.F. (1953) Science and Human Behaviour. Macmillan, New York ISBN: 0029290406

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