PSY3060 Learning and Behaviour Change
|Short Description:||Learning & Behaviour Change|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Psychology and Counselling|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||090701 - Psychology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive account of how humans learn through the application of behavioural techniques - the background knowledge behind some of the most useful and effective therapies in psychology. Topics include an examination of classical and operant conditioning, individual difference factors, social learning and self-regulation, in addition to a sound historical and theoretical background in learning and behaviour from Aristotle and Descartes, via Watson and Skinner, to Bandura and beyond.
The course also provides an opportunity to apply such knowledge and techniques to directly influence behaviour in a training (behaviour change) scenario. As such, the course consists of an initial 7 modules of content, assessed in a mid-semester online test, followed by a practical assignment where students will train a person or other animal in a specific skill, and report on their objectives, processes and outcome measurements in a final report at the end of semester. An initial proposal will be submitted early in semester for the approval of the Examiner and Moderator before any behaviour modification takes place.