Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Advanced Positive Behaviour Support Strategies MED5633

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the PgCert in Positive Behaviour Support and focuses more on the behavioural science underpinning PBS. Students will learn about different behavioural strategies which require a greater level of expertise and in-depth understanding. This will include how to use time sampling as part of behavioural assessment, the use of reinforcement to change behaviours, and the structured approaches to teaching new skills.


Teaching will be delivered via lectures and other online learning materials in semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PBS & Complex Care Needs in semester 1

PBS in Systems in summer semester


Practical Skills Assessment: develop a skill-teaching plan and implement; write a report on the outcome (50%). ILO 1&2


Practical Skills Assessment: develop a schedule of reinforcement and write a report about the research evidence (50%). ILO 3&4

Course Aims

The aims of this course are for students to gain in-depth knowledge about advanced behavioural strategies, including a conceptual understanding of the science underpinning PBS. Students will build on their learning from the PgCert and will extend their understanding of motivation for behaviour and approaches to teaching new skills and replacement behaviours people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioural challenges.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically appraise the research evidence for systematic skill teaching with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours.

2. Apply knowledge and understanding to inform the development of a person-specific skill teaching programme.

3. Critically appraise the research evidence for schedules of reinforcement supporting behavioural change in people with intellectual disabilities and behavioural challenges.

4. Develop and design a schedule of reinforcement which is appropriate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with behavioural challenges. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.