PSYC 3365


Course No. and Title:

PSYC 3365 Topics in Behavior Analysis: Ethical Considerations

Credit Value:

One (1) credit hour

Benefits of the course

  • This course will introduce the fundamentals of ethical thinking and decision making within a behavioural framework.
  • Students will learn to apply knowledge of clinical standards and conduct guidelines to clinical situations
  • This course will lay the foundation for further study and application of behavioral technologies in the welfare of the consumers of behavior analysis
Course Description:

This course will provide students an introduction to the foundations of ethical thinking and will review various perspectives for ethical decision making within a behavioural framework. Students will become familiar with the guidelines for ethical conduct for behavior analysts, and consider their relevance in common ethical dilemmas faced by practicing behavior analysts; including considerations in intervention strategies, supervision, and oversight of behaviour services, and systems of behaviour change. The course will emphasize strategies for avoiding ethical conflicts, protecting the welfare and rights of those with whom you will work, and disseminating ethical decisions to others.

Prerequisite: PSYC 2613, PSYC 3663, Admission to C-ABA Program
Course Instructor:

Albert Malkin, MA, BCBA, Psychology, 647-239-8012,

Course Features:

For each chapter covered you will have access to the following:

1.    Objectives
2.    Video Clips/Lectures
3.    Case studies
4.    Online Quizzes

Course Format:

The course covers 20 chapters from the textbook and additional readings from peer-reviewed journal articles, based on the following topics:
1.    Introduction and history of ethics in behaviour analysis morality
2.    Ethical decision making models
3.    Behavior analytic standards of practice
4.    The aversive debate in behavior analysis
5.    Considerations in the use of restraint and seclusion
6.    Ethics in working with special populations
7.    Ethics of teaching and research
8.    Controversial therapies
9.    Professional liability, risk-benefit, & organizational behavior, and professional skills

Course Texts:

Bailey, J. S., & Burch, M.R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Routledge.

Assignments & Examinations:

1. Conceptual Presentation (100 points). For the conceptual presentation, you will need to select one topic from the readings and formulate a position related to it. The presentation will need to be at least 20 minutes in length.

2. BACB Scavenger Hunt Worksheet (10 points). For this assignment, you will be acquainting yourself with the many procedural requirements at

3. Discussion Papers (10 points each x6; 60 points total): Case reviews will address a hypothetical scenario. Students will briefly summarize the ethical dilemmas in the case, what players experienced the dilemmas, indicate the relevant BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Codes for Behavior Analysts, and provide an analysis of the contingencies that may have been responsible for the behavior of the key players. Each paper should be approximately 2-3 pages typed, double-spaced, APA style, excluding references.

4. TCPS 2: Core Modules (30 points): The purpose of completing these modules is to provide students with a broad overview of conducting human subject research.

5. Online Final Exam (150 points; 30%): The final exam will consist of a mix a multiple choice, true or false, and short answer questions. The content will be based on units 1 - 10.

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location.

Time Limit: Six months from the student registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
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