Course Details

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Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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PSYC 4003, Section 101

Fall 2014


Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D.                                  Office: O’donohoe 112

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00                                  Phone: 397-4026

                       TR 9:00-11:00

Class Time: MWF 10:00-10:50                                                Location: PY 101




Mittenberger, R. G. (2012). Behavior Modification: Principles & Procedures (5th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). (2010).

Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association.

            -1st printed manuals contain errors. Please go to the APA website       ( to download the corrected pages for their book in PDF form.


Goals: To become knowledgeable in the application of learning principles to humans (behavioral modification).

a. I will draw additional material from Baldwin & Baldwin (2000) and Chance (2008). The material will be applied to intra- and interpersonal contexts.


Expand information manipulation and prepare for graduate coursework.

a. s will be over approximately 7 chapters and additional material.

b. s will be essay and multiple choice and take two class periods to complete.

c. Having to decipher poorly written multiple-choice questions.

c. Having to choose between the “best” and “almost best” answer.


Improve on APA 6th Edition writing skills and library search skills.

            a. Title page

            b. Headings

            c. In-text citations

            d. Reference page(s).


Course Requirements: Grades will be based on your performance on 1 midterm, 1 paper, and the final.


There will be 1 midterm and 1 final. Each exam will be worth 100 points. s will be multiple choice and essay. Multiple choice answers will be marked on Scantrons. Essay questions will be answered on paper I provide.


The 5-page, APA paper will be conducted over an applied chapter in the book and will be worth 100 points.


                        -Use a title page, headings, and reference page to organize reader

                        -Teach the reader about an approach to behavioral modification

                        -Have four additional sources beyond the chapter


*All papers must be turned in electronically. Either use Microsoft Word or open office.


Please title all files with: firstname.lastname.CWID#.psyc####.semester.year.typeofproduct


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a 'limited right' in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The 'limited right' shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.


Student Paper Topics:


            2-Observing and Recording Behavior

            3-Graphing Behavior and Measuring Change

            13-Understanding Problem Behaviors through Functional Assessment

            12-Behavioral Skills Training Procedures 

            20-Self Management      

            21-Habit Reversal Procedures

            22-The Token Economy

            23-Behavioral Contracts

            24-Fear and Anxiety Reduction Procedures

            25-Cognitive Behavior Modification  


300 points are possible in the class:


A = 300-270                C = 239-210                F = 179 or lower

B = 269-240                D = 209-180


Note: Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Make-up Policy: Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See 2012-2014 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 69-71).


Electronic Contact: I require 5 working days to be able to read and respond to all email. Please note that my spam filter does keep some emails from getting to me (including my wife). In addition, I do not check email after 5 pm nor on weekends/holidays. My cell phone is to be used only be students who have been given it by me (e.g., honor society officers, graduate students). Please do not text me on my cell unless I have personally given you my cell number.


Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.


Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.

Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.



Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


Days of Class              Reading Assignment


8/25-9/5                       Semester Overview/Course Requirements

                                    Chapter 4: Reinforcement

Chapter 5: Extinction


9/1                               Labor day, no classes


9/12-9/19:                    Chapter 6: Punishment

Chapter 7: Stimulus Control: Discrimination and Generalization


9/22-9/26:                    Chapter 8: Respondent Conditioning


Monday 9/29:             Multiple Choice Midterm

Wednesday 10/1         Essay Midterm


9/29                             Last day for December graduates to file

10/6                             Last day for May graduates to file


10/3-10/17                   Chapter 10: Prompting and Transfer of Stimulus Control

                                    Chapter 9: Shaping

                                    Chapter 11: Chaining


10/20-10/31:                Chapter 14: Applying Extinction

Chapter 15: Differential Reinforcement


10/27                           Last day for “W”


11/3-11/14:                  Chapter 16: Antecedent Control Procedures

Chapter 17: Using Punishment: Time-Out and Response Cost


11/26-30                      Thanksgiving break, no classes


11/17-12/5                   Chapter 18: Positive Punishment Procedures and the Ethics of            Punishment

                                    Chapter 19: Promoting Generalization


11/24                           Paper Due (-1/2 a grade per late day)


Final Exam: Wednesday, December 10th from 10:30-12:30 p.m.







Permission to Post Grades


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_____ I do not want my grade posted. DO NOT give me a password, but please give me your CWID and sign it at the bottom.


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Course Attachments


Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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