Undergrads, Read Me!
Are you looking for a specific class? Check out the classes below taught under Dr. Richard Malott at Western Michigan University. If you’re getting ready to graduate within the next year or two, check out our graduate program resources and information to see if it’s right for you.
Intro to Behavior Analysis – PSY 1400
This is a very unique course. You will meet twice a week in a small seminar room, and your classes will be taught by Dr. Malott’s very competent graduate student instructors. You will read Dr. Malott’s book, Principles of Behavior (7th Edition), and in each class period, you will cover 1-2 chapters. Each day, you will review homework, present original examples, talk about the assigned readings, and take a quiz. This class is very fast paced, so it is important that you attend all seminars. The textbook and required coursepack can be purchased at the Bernhard Center bookstore, or online.
Rat Lab – PSY 1401
1401 Rat Lab is a great way to see the basic principles of behavior unfold before your eyes! You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a rat and teach them different skills. You will teach them how to press a lever, press a lever only when the light is on, pull a chain, press a lever with “weights” on it, and teach them a skill of your choice! If you have any questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them!
Self Management – PSY 3621
Self-Management (Psychology 3621) is a great course that teaches you how to manage time, prioritize weekly class assignments, and to enhance study skills. You are taught how to eliminate procrastination by breaking down large assignments into smaller components that are more manageable to complete. You will learn about useful tools to utilize in academia and life. This course will focus primarily on the completion of assignments from your other scheduled courses.
Pre-Practicum – PSY 3561
The purpose of the Autism Pre-Practicum course is to develop a basic Discrete Trial Training repertoire in undergraduate and graduate students prior to their entrance into the Practicum. The Pre-Practicum is a 1-unit course and begins seven weeks into the semester. This course can be added to your schedule late without any penalty. During your pre-practicum class, you will be assigned to KRESA’s West Campus practicum. During Pre-Prac, you will have the opportunity to visit the practicum location.
Basic Practicum – PSY 3570
We help college students get experience using behavior analysis to teach children diagnosed with autism. We utilize discrete-trial training and incidental teaching methods on-site at the KRESA’s West Campus. This practicum also fulfills the requirements for practicum experience for the Psychology Department undergraduate curriculum. (Practicum with Special Populations). Please note that the Pre-Practicum is a prerequisite for the Basic Practicum.
Intermediate Practicum – PSY 3570
The intermediate practicum is the 2nd part of the 3-part practicum series offered at Western Michigan University through the Behavior Analysis Training System under Dr. Dick Malott. In the intermediate practicum, students will refine their Discrete Trial Training skills along with gaining other skills. Additional skills include conducting preference assessments, running portions of the VB-MAPP, graphing student data, handling and treating problem behavior, and skill acquisition. The practicum requires 10 hours of in-booth discrete trial training as well as a 1.5 hour seminar on Wednesday nights.
Advanced Practicum – PSY 3570
The advanced practicum is the final part of the 3-part practicum series offered at Western Michigan University through the Behavior Analysis Training System under Dr. Dick Malott. In advanced practicum, students will work one-on-one with a Masters student helping them with case coordination of a student at KRESA’s West Campus. This practicum also requires 10 hours of in-booth discrete trial training, a weekly practicum meeting on Wednesday evenings, and meetings with their mentors in place of a weekly seminar.