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TEAS 4004/5004/6004 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

TEAS 4004/5004/6004 - Applied Behavioral Intervention and Support

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course involves the study of modifying student behavior using techniques of applied behavior analysis in a variety of educational settings. Through individual readings, interaction with classmates, and group and individual projects, students will increase awareness for options for modifying behavior with a focus on behavioristic interventions. 

Course Outcomes:

The student will be able to:

1. Define the legal and ethical parameters of behavior modification programs with children and youth.

2. Identify appropriate operational definitions for behavioral deficits and behavioral excesses.

3. Design and implement valid data collection techniques for analyzing/modifying problem behaviors.

4. Identify environmental factors that support problem behaviors or inhibit development of positive behaviors.

5. Identify research-based strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors.

6. Design and implement behavioral intervention plans based on functional behavioral assessments.

7. Design and implement plans for generalization and self-management of behaviors.

8. Design behavioral intervention plans that involve other professionals and parents in the behavior change process.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the Special Education add-on endorsement program and a teaching license. Prior to enrollment, students must have completed TEAS 4001 and TEAS 4003. TEAS 4007 and TEAS 4007 may be taken with this course.

Course Topics:

1. Theoretical models for interpreting and modifying behavior.

2. Applied behavior analysis and assumptions about human behavior.

3. Legal and ethical issues in behavior modification.

4. Identifying appropriate behavioral objectives.

5. Methods of collecting and summarizing data.

6. Conducting functional behavioral assessments.

7. Methods for increasing behaviors.

8. Methods for decreasing behaviors.

9. Generalizing behavior change.

10. Self-management of behavior.

Specific Course Requirements:

The student must have a basic knowledge of computers, the Internet, e-mail, word processing software for submitting written assignments to the instructor, and spreadsheet software for data analysis and presentation. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Students will be required to respond to essay questions each week covering their understanding of readings/assignments for the week. These questions may be answered at any point during the week, but must be completed and submitted prior to the posting of the next week's questions. Since the course is application based, no additional exams requiring proctoring will be given.

Grading Procedures:

In addition to the weekly essay questions, students will have step-wise assignments requiring them to demonstrate proficiency at using the steps in the behavior change process. These assignments will build on each other throughout the semester and result in a complete initial behavior management program for one individual. Additionally, students will be required to participate in weekly discussion question postings. Grading will be based on the number and depth of responses to the instructor and to classmates according to guidelines (rubric) published upon enrollment in the class. Essay questions, weekly assignments, and discussion postings will receive equal weighting in grading with each activity worth a maximum of 10 points. The behavior management project will be submitted at the end of the term and will be worth a maximum of 100 points. Chat sessions will not be part of the grading process. This can be summarized as follows:

1. Essay questions assignment (25% of grade)

    0-10 points each (1 per module)      120 points possible

2. Discussion board assignment (25% of grade)

    0-10 points per week                       140 points possible

3. Weekly journal assignments (25% of grade)

    0-10 points per week                      140 points possible

4. Final Project (25% of grade)

     0-100 points                                  100 points possible 

The final grade is calculated based on percentage of points earned in each category. For example, assume you got 90% of the available points in categories 1-3 each week. and 80% on your project. Your grade would be: (.25*90) + (.25*90) + (.25*90) + (.25*80) = 22.5 + 22.5 + 22.5 + 20= 87.5 % or a grade of B based on the following grading scale.

Grading Scale:

Grading: Essay questions: 25 %; Project 25 %; Discussion Participation 25 %; Weekly Assignments: 25 %





Below 60-----F

Assignments and Projects:

1. There will be weekly reading assignments from the text, professional Web sites, and articles. Essay questions completed each week will be drawn from the readings for that week. These assignments parallel the sequence of "Topics Covered" listed above.

2. Weekly assignments: Assignments are due no later than midnight either Friday or Sunday of each week. Be sure to note the due dates for specific module assignments.

3. Students must complete a 30 hour practicum working with students with disabilities.

Week     Weekly Assignments

Chapter 1 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Individual home page; Discussion question 1

2 Chapter 2 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Identify a target behavior for one individual and write a behavioral objective (with operational definition of the behavior) for that person. Discussion question 2.

3 Chapter 12 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s). Provide a written defense of the selection of target behavior based on ethical guidelines delineated in readings for the week; Discussion question 3.

4 Chapter 3 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Written plan for data collection for selected target behavior; Discussion question 4.

5 Chapter 3 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Graphical summary of data collected; Discussion question 5.

6 Chapter 4 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Functional assessment of target behavior selected. Discussion question 6.

7 Chapter 5 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Initial draft of behavior management plan for the target behavior selected ; Discussion question 7

8 Chapter 6 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Final draft of behavior management plan for the target behavior selected, Discussion question 8.

9 Chapter 7 or 8 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Week 1 progress report on behavior management project; Discussion question 9.

10 Chapter 7 or 8 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay questions(s); Week 2 progress report on behavior management project; Discussion question 10.

11 Chapter 9 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s); Week 3 progress report on behavior management project; Discussion question 11 .

12 Chapter 10 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Essay question(s);

13 Chapter 11 in text, plus supplementary readings as needed; Journal reflections on results of project

14 Chapter 11 in text, plus supplementary readings as necessary; Final write-up of project. 

Class Participation:

Students must actively participate in all discussions posted each week and are expected to respond to classmates' responses as well as the initial stimulus question posted by the instructor. Students are expected to check the bulletin board for announcements, changes in schedule, etc. Weekly interaction with the instructor is expected through e-mail and discussions. Since the nature of the class precludes the type of verbal exchange offered in traditional classes, the student is responsible for notifying the instructor of any assistance needed with the course material/assignments. The chat room sessions are for clarification of material and to ask the instructor questions. As such, these sessions are not required elements of the course. 

Late Policy:

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017