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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Behavior Modification

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

The application, implementation, measurement, and evaluation of behavior management techniques in various settings including hospitals, institutions, and schools.



(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Behavior modification is the study of basic principles of behavior. Integral to this discipline is the examination of environmental events that impact human behavior. By exposing the students to the far-reaching principles of behavior modification, it is hoped they will attain a better understanding of the complexities of our human existence and be more able to help people cope with the many problems they face in life.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  2. Apply the multiple perspectives of psychology as a discipline and Christian/Biblical faith in order to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect values in their personal and professional behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource(s) below is(are) provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource(s), he or she may purchase it(them) through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Miltenberger, R. G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word. (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
  5. APA Manual:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student will participate in 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student must submit a thread of 300–500 words in response to the provided prompt. In addition to the thread, the student is required to submit replies of 150–250 words to 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. The student must use current APA formatting to cite the Bible, the textbook, and/or at least 1 peer-reviewed article in his/her thread as it is called for within the prompt. For the replies, the student should include his/her biblical worldview along with any additional empirical support if desired. A references section must be included.

Behavior Modification Project

This project will be completed throughout the eight week course. It is designed to select a specific personal behavior the student desires to modify. The student will research that behavior in part 1, report a baseline in part 2, report the results when the treatment is used in part 3, and then present the entire project through a PowerPoint presentation in part 4.

This project will be completed in 4 parts:

Part 1: Research Paper (175 pts)

The student will write a 4-6 page, APA formatted, research paper that will aid in his/her Behavior Modification Project. The paper will include a title page, abstract, 4-6 page body, and references page. The body of the paper should include an introduction, 2 sections (research on the target behavior, and research on the target treatment) with optional subsections, and a conclusion. The student must reference the textbook and at least 4 additional peer-reviewed journal articles.

Part 2: Baseline Phase Report (100 pts)

The student will create a graph, description, and narrative of observations made during the baseline phase. The student will compile these items into a Word document.

Part 3: Treatment Phase Report (125 pts)

The student will submit a report including a description of the treatment, a narrative of the process, and a graph showing the results of the treatment phase. The graph should show both the baseline phase and the treatment phase with proper annotation.

Part 4: PowerPoint (150 pts)

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation of his/her Behavior Modification Project. The following 10 slides are needed: title page slide, summary of research (similar to introduction of paper), highlights of literature review, baseline phase and discussion, treatment phase and discussion, summary of results, limitations and recommendations, and references slide.

Reading Quizzes (8)

The student will complete reading quizzes each week over the assigned reading.

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 open-book/open-note exams throughout this course. Each exam will consist of a variety of multiple-choice questions. Exam 1 will cover chapters 1–4, Exam 2 will cover chapters 5–9, and Exam 3 will cover chapters 10–12.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 60 pts ea)


Behavior Modification Project

Research Paper

Baseline Phase Report

Treatment Phase Report







Reading Quizzes (8 at 15 pts ea)


Exams (3 at 70 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PSYC 320

Textbook: LUC: Miltenberger, Behavior Modification: Principles & Procedures (2015).


Reading & Study




Miltenberger: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Reading Quiz 1





Miltenberger: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

Reading Quiz 2

DB Forum 1

Exam 1





Miltenberger: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 3

BMP: Research Paper




Miltenberger: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 4

BMP: Baseline Phase Report




Miltenberger: ch. 9

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 5

DB Forum 2

Exam 2





Miltenberger: ch. 10

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 6

BMP: Treatment Phase Report




Miltenberger: ch. 11

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 7

BMP: PowerPoint




Miltenberger: ch. 12

1 presentation

Reading Quiz 8

Exam 3





DB = Discussion Board BMP = Behavior Modification Project LUC = Liberty University Custom

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.