PSYC314 Behaviour Modification

Updated: 19 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites PSYC101 and PSYC102
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) John Malouff (
Unit Description

This unit covers methods of assessing and modifying human behaviour. The behaviour can include psychological problems, student behaviour, sports performance and criminal activity. Among the modification techniques students learn to apply are relaxation training, reinforcement, shaping, extinction, modelling, role-playing, in vivo rehearsal, instruction, systematic desensitisation, cognitive restructuring and self-control training. Students learn through reading assignments, class demonstrations and discussions, small group activities and a major application project.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures

ISBN: 9781305109391
Miltenberger, R.G., Cengage 6th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433832161
American Psychological Assocation APA 7th ed. 2019

Note: 6th edition (ISBN: 9781433805615) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is acceptable, if already purchased. If not already purchased, the 7th edition is the most appropriate.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory 1. Written Proposal 0% 500
Assessment Notes

Submit a proposal for a behaviour-change project that will form the substance of the Intervention Report assignment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-2

2. Unit Quiz 10% 600
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory 3. Intervention Report 30% 1250
Assessment Notes

Design, implement and write a report on an intervention

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

4. Recorded Oral Presentation 5% 600
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1 and 6

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 55%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply the most commonly used behaviour assessment and change strategies;
  2. plan and execute a behaviour change project;
  3. apply advanced level communications skills via the written form, including graph presentation;
  4. discuss the uses, limitations and common criticisms of behaviour modification;
  5. describe and explain the use of basic counselling skills with behaviour modification methods; and
  6. present orally clear information about how to apply specific behaviour modification principles.