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MSc (T) Applied Behaviour Analysis

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Applied Behaviour Analysis

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

EDU-MSC-BA

UCAS Code

JACS Code

X300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline plus one year of professional experience in an ABA related context and access to an ABA related working environment. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an ABA related context and access to an ABA related working environment.
In line with University Regulations, there is a language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English (IELTS 6.5 or approved equivalent. For IELTs a minimum score of 5.5 is required in all four elements of the test.)

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Olive Healy

Trinity College Dublin

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

The programme may either be completed over one academic year (full time) or students may build up the required number of modules over a period of two or three years from initial enrolment (part-time).
Students who wish to complete the programme in a two year period must adhere to the following schedule:
Year 1/Semester 1: 1 or 2 modules
Year 1/Semester 2: 3 modules
Year 2/Semester 1: 1 or 2 modules
Year 2/Semester 2: Dissertation completed (January-September)

Normally students should successfully complete all taught modules before progressing to dissertation.

Any deviation from this timeframe will result in students reverting to the three year timeframe.

Additional fee implications will apply to students who do not successfully complete or pass the dissertation in the shorter timeframe.

Students must pass 120-CATS points of taught modules on the programme and complete a dissertation (60 CATS points) to be eligible for the award of a Master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50%.

Students should normally have obtained 120-CATS points in the taught modules before undertaking an individual research project and submitting a dissertation. All dissertations will be assessed by internal examiners and a selection moderated by the external examiner. Marks will be finalised at the Board of Examiners.

Students who fail one or more taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50%.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation shall be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis. The School permits one attempt at dissertation resit for a maximum mark of 50% to be awarded the degree of MSc.

Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis by completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules.

Mark Scales
For Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree results there is a common mark scale as follows:
70+ Pass with distinction*
60+ Pass with commendation
50+ Pass
Below 50 Fail
*For Master’s Degrees, a pass with distinction will be awarded only when the following three conditions have been satisfied: an overall average of 70+ is achieved and a mark of 70+ is achieved in the dissertation module and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On successful completion of the MSc ABA, students will:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of any educational research, policy, practice and theory covered in the programme;

analyse and apply critically examples of the research literature relating to the content of the programme;

show evidence of reflection on their professional practice;

demonstrate knowledge of a range of educational research methods;

choose fit-for-purpose methods for a research project within the context of their own professional role;

demonstrate engagement in the processes of research planning, data collection and analysis (as appropriate), and research reporting.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Students will develop skills of critical thinking and reasoning in educational, theory, and practice contexts, based on challenging learning tasks, appropriate reading and personal research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching/learning methods and strategies are based on challenging learning tasks, appropriate reading, and personal research.

Methods of Assessment

The methods of assessment are based on challenging learning tasks, appropriate reading, and personal research.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Many of the practical skills are transferable e.g. collaborative working, communication, general writing skills, library skills etc.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

ICT usage is promoted by online use of the discussion forum to respond to study questions, viewing pre-recorded PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources, undertaking online multiple choice tests, reading electronic books, producing a project video and receiving additional support through email and internet-based discussion fora.

Methods of Assessment

The methods of assessment include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of any educational research, policy, practice and theory covered in the programme;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3,500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

analyse and apply critically examples of the research literature relating to the content of the programme;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3,500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

show evidence of reflection on their professional practice;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3.500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

demonstrate knowledge of a range of educational research methods;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3,500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

choose fit-for-purpose methods for a research project within the context of their own professional role;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3,500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

demonstrate engagement in the processes of research planning, data collection and analysis (as appropriate), and research reporting.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All module content is delivered online; in addition each module offers one full day or half day workshop to consolidate learning. This gives students the opportunity to meet tutors and each other face-to-face and discuss their learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments are weighted equivalent to 3,500 words essay for each module. The assignment format varies considerably taking into account research on academic assessment as well as BACB requirements. The formats include essays, multiple choice tests, discussion fora, responses to study questions, and project based reports. All assessments are subject to internal moderation and external examining. Blind double marking (for dissertations) and anonymous marking (for assignments) ensure fairness and consistency.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Students will develop practical and research skills in Behaviour Analysis. The course sequence (6 core modules) is approved by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and meets the learning outcomes set out in the BACB Tasklist (4th Edition). In addition, the students will develop their skills in writing and Internet searching as part of the requirements of online learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning is independent and supervised by module tutors and has a practical as well as conceptual/theoretical orientation.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments and dissertations are required, as far as this is practical, to be situated in the student’s working context.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Dissertation

EDU7999

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Concepts and principles of behaviour analysis

EDU7225

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Fundamental elements of behaviour change

EDU7226

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Assessment in Behaviour Analysis

EDU7227

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

0%

25%

Behaviour Change and Education

EDU7228

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

0%

25%

Evaluation in Behaviour Analysis

EDU7229

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Ethical and Professional Conduct

EDU7230

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (online)

EDU7257

7

0

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Notes