PSYC349-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Special Topic

Special Topic: Learning & Behaviour Analysis

What is the science of behaviour?  Is such a science even possible?  The topic of this course is behaviour of individual organisms.  The major goal is to understand how behaviour depends on events in the environment – what are the basic principles that allow us to explain and predict behaviour?  However, we also consider applications – how can we modify behaviour, or reduce the occurrence of maladaptive behaviour?  We seek general principles that govern all behaviour, regardless of its type, placing rather less emphasis on the specific types of behaviour concerned (such as social behaviour, abnormal behaviour, etc).   By the end of the course, you may expect to have a thorough grounding in the principles of learning and behaviour analysis, and to be well prepared for postgraduate courses in related areas. In addition, learning is an important aspect of individual functioning and an understanding of the principles involved is an important part of your education in Psychology whether or not you proceed to graduate study in these areas.


Course Coordinator

Randolph Grace


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Examination 40%
Project Report 30%
Test 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Mazur, James E; Learning and Behaviour ; 7th Ed; Prentice Hall, 2013 (The textbook is available from the library, including e-copies).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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  • PSYC349-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021