Behavioural measurement and methods in research and practice
Behavioural measurement and methods in research and practice 2022-23
Ysgol Gwyddorau Addysgol
Modiwl - Semester 1 a 2
The module will cover content from the BCBA Task list (5th edition). The content is from Section 1: Foundations, Content Areas C and D.
1 Establish operational definitions of behavior. 2 Distinguish among direct, indirect, and product measures of behavior. 3. Measure occurrence (e.g., frequency, rate, percentage). 4. Measure temporal dimensions of behavior (e.g., duration, latency, interresponse time). 5 Measure form and strength of behavior (e.g., topography, magnitude). 6 Measure trials to criterion. 7 Design and implement sampling procedures (i.e., interval recording, time sampling). 8 Evaluate the validity and reliability of measurement procedures. 9 Select a measurement system to obtain representative data given the dimensions of behavior and the logistics of observing and recording. 10 Graph data to communicate relevant quantitative relations (e.g., equal-interval graphs, bar graphs, cumulative records). 11 Interpret graphed data. 12 Distinguish between dependent and independent variables. 13 Distinguish between internal and external validity. 14 Identify the defining features of single-subject experimental designs (e.g., individuals serve as their own controls, repeated measures, prediction, verification, replication). 15 Describe the advantages of single-subject experimental designs compared to group designs. 16 Use single-subject experimental designs (e.g., reversal, multiple baseline, multielement, changing criterion). 17 Describe rationales for conducting comparative, component, and parametric analyses.
-threshold -Threshold 50 – 59%Adequate demonstration of behaviour-analytic skills but little in depth analyses. • Coherent arguments, but limited synthesis or original interpretation. • Weak or poor-fit experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. • Adequate but superficial review of the relevant literature. • Appropriate integration of project with the relevant literature. • Appropriate interpretation of results with the relevant literature.
-good -Good 60 - 69%Reasonably comprehensive application of behaviour analytic concepts to clinical practice. • Some basic understanding of the potential applications of the project. • Some original interpretation. • Some evidence of extensive and thorough study • 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. • 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. • • Weaknesses in experimental design, data collection, or data analysis. • Incomplete or superficial review of the relevant literature. • Weak integration and interpretation of results with the relevant literature.
-excellent -Excellent 70%+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 project. • Coherent arguments, with accurate and succinct synthesis and original interpretation. • Clear structure and no irrelevant material. • Strong experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. • Thorough yet concise review of the relevant the literature. • Exceptional integration and interpretation of project and 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.
- Apply and critically discuss the features of various single-case experimental designs
- Conceptualise a research or clinical problem in behavioural terms and design a methodology to test a hypothesis.
- Conduct a project underpinned by behavioural methods demonstrating planning and commitment to socially significant outcomes.
- Critique research using the principles of empirically supported treatments
- Display and analyse behavioural data
- Evaluate experimental validity and threats to validity
- Evaluate findings critically and communicate them in both lay and technical report.
- Identify the ethical issues involved in designing a research project
- Identify the features of various single-case and group experimental designs
- Select appropriate experimental designs for different research questions
Study design and critique