PSYK2200 Behavior Analysis 2 - Applied Behavior Analysis Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Atferdsanalyse 2 - Anvendt atferdsanalyse
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Year of study
FALL 2020
Course history


This course presents the use of behaviour analysis in different fields. Learning and coping are two main concepts related to supporting and further developing an individual's personal competency. This will also increase their possibilities to influence their surroundings and to gain control of their own life. Different methods building on applied behaviour analysis and empirically supported approaches will be examined in the course.

Required preliminary courses

Passed the course PSYK1420.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of the characteristics of applied behaviour analysis

  • has knowledge of contingency-based versus rule-based behaviour

  • has knowledge of basic and complex verbal behaviour

  • has knowledge of treatments used for challenging behaviour

  • has knowledge of requirements relating to empirically-supported forms of treatment

  • is familiar with empirically-supported approaches in:

    • cognitive behaviour therapy and treatment of psychological disorders

    • teaching children with autism

    • interventions for children and young people

    • school interventions

    • training with animals

  • has knowledge of behaviour analysis in organisations



The student is capable of

  • describing basic learning principles

  • describing how to facilitate his/her own learning

  • verbally describing and giving practical demonstrations of functional analyses

  • giving practical demonstrations of different training methods for promoting behaviour through applied behaviour analysis training methods

  • identifying basic verbal operants

  • verbally describing ethically sound application of behaviour analysis and professional skills



The student

  • has insight into and understands applied behaviour analysis as a field of research

  • has insight into behaviour analysis’ areas of application

  • is capable of describing ethical and responsible use of behaviour analysis

  • is capable of describing professional skills

Teaching and learning methods

Work and teaching methods used in the course are lectures, self-study, seminars, workshops and group work. The students’ learning outcomes will be documented through presentations, demonstration of practical skills, written papers and the exam.

Course requirements


  • Participation in compulsory teaching activities (80%)

  • Participation at seminars and workshops (80%)

  • Submission of four answer papers by the given deadline (assessed as approved/not approved) max. 900 words.

The required coursework must be approved before the students can take the home exam.


Individual written home exam over four days, maximum 3,500 words including front page and any notes (not including reference list).

Permitted exam materials and equipment


Grading scale



One internal and one external examiner