Course Description

This course focuses on behavioral assessments. Specifically, the course covers the following areas: identifying the problem behavior, conducting a functional assessment (indirect and descriptive assessments), understanding the different types of functional analysis, developing function-based behavior goals, and developing a function-based behavior treatment plan. The course also covers other assessments such as preference assessments, reinforcer assessments, Vineland, and VB-MAPP. Lastly, other aspects of applied behavior analysis and their application to clinical practice and research are also covered in this course.

Course Outline

Students attend weekly lectures, complete weekly quizzes, contribute to class discussions, conduct a functional behavior assessment, and develop a function-based behavior treatment plan. As part of this course, students are expected to work with a client and conduct an FBA (without conducting an FA) under the direct supervision of a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). If students have a difficult time identifying a client and/or obtaining a BCBA supervisor, please contact Dr. Kim for alternative arrangements.

Learner Outcomes

Objective 1: Students will understand the process of conducting a functional behavior assessment, which includes the following components: indirect assessments, direct assessments, and functional analysis.

Objective 2: Students will also learn about alternative assessments as they relate to behavior.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates



Assistant Behavior Analyst Professional Certificate Application
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Sep 21, 2022 to Dec 09, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (5 units) $650.00
Available for Credit
5 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting:

  • Alberto, P., Troutman, A. C., & Axe, J. B. (2013). Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers (9th edition). Pearson Education, Inc.

No refunds after 10/02/2022

Important Notes:

  • All courses are offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through GauchoSpace. 
  • No late enrollment after the 7th day of the start of class will be accepted (9/28/2022). 
  • One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. 
  • Your UCSBnetID will be used as the login for GauchoSpace (GS) and the off-campus login for the UCSB Library (to access online journals for your assignments).