Thesis in Behaviour Analysis
Rhedir gan School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
60.000 Credyd neu 30.000 Credyd ECTS
Semester 1 a 2
Trefnydd: Dr Rebecca Sharp
This module constitutes the thesis component of a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Masters in Positive Behavioural Support degree. Students will conduct a novel research project, during which they will collect, analyse and interpret data. They will present their empirical project in a formal written dissertation, and communicate the results of their research at a conference.
Students will gain an understanding of how research is conducted and managed. They will gain skills in experimental design, data collection, analyses and interpretation, preparing abstracts, and reporting results. Students will also learn the importance of and gain experience with verbally communicating their research.
Adequate demonstration of behaviour analytic skills but little in depth analyses. • Considerable basic understanding of the potential applications of the research. • Good knowledge of key concepts of the research area. • Evidence of original analysis. • Solid understanding of theoretical issues with few factual errors. • Clear evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of theory and research. • Use of recent research perspectives. • The communication style will be precise and concise with minor typographical or other errors. • There will be good to very good referencing of primary source material where appropriate. • Coherent arguments, with limited synthesis or original interpretation. • Key research questions are adequately addressed, with good structure and little irrelevant material. • Well-structured presentation showing focus of argument and expression. • Appropriate experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. • Adequate review of the relevant literature. • Appropriate integration of proposed research and results with the relevant literature. • Appropriate interpretation of results with the relevant literature.
Comprehensive and accurate application of behavioural concepts to applied problems. • Depth of insight into theoretical and applied issues. • Evidence of thorough understanding of and/or original insights as to the potential applications of the research. • Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of key concepts of the research area. • Solid understanding and original interpretation of theoretical issues with no factual errors. • Excellent depth and breadth of understanding • • Clear evidence of critical analysis and insightful evaluation of theory and research. • Coherent arguments, with accurate and succinct synthesis and original interpretation. • Key research questions are strongly addressed, with clear structure and no irrelevant material. • Well-structured presentation showing focus and clarity of argument and expression. • Strong experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. • Thorough yet concise review of the relevant the literature. • Exceptional integration of proposed research and results with the relevant literature. • Well-developed and supported interpretation of results with the relevant literature. • The communication style will be precise and concise with very few typographical or other errors. • There will be comprehensive referencing of primary source material where appropriate.
Reasonably comprehensive application of behaviour analytic concepts to clinical practice. • Some basic understanding of the potential applications of the research. • Some original interpretation. • Some evidence of extensive and thorough study • Use of recent research perspectives • The communication style will be acceptable with likely some fairly minor typographical or other errors. • There will be good referencing of primary source material where appropriate. • Adequate knowledge of some key concepts of the research area. • Weaknesses in understanding of theoretical issues with multiple/major factual errors. • Limited evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of theory and research. • Arguments are weak or underdeveloped, with little synthesis or original interpretation. • Key research questions are only briefly and superficially addressed, with irrelevant material and poor structure. • Weak presentation with disjointed structure and major APA format errors. • Weaknesses in experimental design, data collection, or data analysis. • Incomplete or superficial review of the relevant literature. • Weak integration of proposed research or results with the relevant literature. • Weak/flawed interpretation of results with the relevant literature.
Show evidence of advanced knowledge behaviour analysis and conceptualise problems in behavioural terms.
Demonstrate a high order of skill in the planning, execution and completion of a research project
Evaluate critically the findings and discuss in the context of the existing literature
Demonstrate understanding of data collection methods, experimental design, and data analyses methods appropriate to their study.
Engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving
Able to present their study and results in a formal written thesis that is underpinned by research, analysis and arguments from evidence.
Able to present their research and findings orally, in a conference setting.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Private study – the student will design and implement a study in the field of behaviour analysis (empirical study, systematic or narrative review). They will apply for ethical approval, design the data collection method, collect the data, and analyse the data. Students will be required to review the literature to inform their study, and attend any other meetings or trainings required in applied settings in which their research will be conducted (e.g., induction, staff meetings).
Supervision – Supervision sessions will be conducted individually and as a group (supervision time divided equally between individual and group supervision). Supervision will occur both onsite in the settings, and off-site (i.e., office-based).
Conference - The student will attend and give a presentation at a conference.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
- Gofalu - Dangos consyrn am eraill; gofalu am blant, pobl ag anableddau ac/neu'r henoed
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
- Be computer literate for the purpose of processing and disseminating psychological data and information.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Engage in effective teamwork for the purpose of collaborating on psychological projects.
- Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
- Carry out empirical studies by operationalizing research questions, generating hypotheses, collecting data using a variety of methods, analysing data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and present and evaluate research findings (under appropriate supervision).
- Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
- Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Understand the scientific underpinnings of behaviour analysis as a discipline
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students must be able to provide their own transport to and from the setting in which their research is being conducted.
Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd ed.): Pearson.
Johnston, J. M., & Pennypacker, H. S. (1980). Strategies and tactics of human behavior research. New Jersey: Laurence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.
Bailey, J. & Burch, M. (2006). How to think like a behaviour analyst: Understanding the science that can change your life. New York, NY: Routledge.
Bailey, J. & Burch, M. (2009). 25 Essential Skills and Strategies for the Professional Behavior Analyst: Expert Tips for Maximizing Consulting Effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge.
Bailey, J. & Burch, M. (2011).Ethics for behaviour analysts (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.