Bangor University

Bangor University

Positive Behavioural Support

Applied behaviour analysis has been recognised as the treatment of choice for a broad range of clinical problems (e.g., early intervention for autism, responding to challenging behaviour, classroom management, effective instructional practices). Positive behavioural support (PBS) is an example of behaviour analysis in a particular practice setting (usually implemented for adults with intellectual disabilities or within special education settings). PBS aims to improve a person's quality of life through the use of a framework that allows behaviour to be analysed in the social, physical, and broader context in which it occurs. The aims of the course are to develop an advanced conceptual understanding of applied behaviour analysis, behavioural concepts and philosophy relevant to the development and treatment of psychological disorders, advanced knowledge of positive behavioural support and research methods. In addition, students will develop key competencies in the use of behavioural principles in clinical settings using the positive behaviour support model. In addition to obtaining PBS and behaviour analytic knowledge, graduates will have acquired critical evaluation, time management, collaborative working, sound professional conduct, and oral communication skills. The course is taught via lectures, group discussions, seminars, and activities. Assessments include written assignments in a range of formats and unseen exams. Students may undertake a research thesis in a range of available applied settings with a range of participants, or they may complete an internship across two years (limited places available). During the internship, students will work in an applied setting and will submit a portfolio of their clinical work at the end of each year.

Course modules

Core modules: Principles of learning and behaviour change I; Principles of learning and behaviour change II; Ethics and professional conduct; Positive behavioural support I; Positive behavioural support II; Advanced behavioural research methods and Proposal AND Research Thesis (60 credits) (Research Thesis specifically focused on PBS) OR Behaviour analysis practicum I (30 Credit: Year 1) Practicum conducted in PBS service / clinical setting focused on PBS; Behaviour analysis practicum II (30 Credit: Year 2) Practicum conducted in PBS service / clinical setting focused on PBS.

Assessment methods

Teaching is done through a combination of taught workshops, seminars, specialised computer-based instructional packages and practical 'hands-on' research experience. We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and that uses the principles of behaviour analysis. This requires innovative course content and instructional procedures, measurement of learning, flexible communication among students and staff, and a friendly and supportive environment. Assessment methods include written examinations, oral presentations, case reports, essays, and a research thesis. Students will conduct a research project, during which they will collect, analyse and interpret data. They will present their empirical project in a formal dissertation, and disseminate the results of their work at a conference.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 14,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site LL57 2DG Wales

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Officer, School of Psychology
Telephone number: 
01248382629