Implementing Positive Behaviour Support in Systems MED5635

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course takes a system-wide approach to the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and will explore a range of different contexts where PBS may be implemented, including schools, family settings, within multi-disciplinary contexts, and across large organisations. Students will learn about different theoretical approaches to the implementation of complex interventions and then will explore how implementation science can support the implementation of PBS.


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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Essay: Pick a specific implementation theory and discuss how this will inform your approach to implementation (50%, 2,000 words). ILO 1, 2, 3.


Poster: Design a poster to describe system-wide PBS implementation (50%). ILO 4

Course Aims

The aims of this course are for students to gain detailed knowledge of the research evidence in relation to implementing complex interventions, and to be able to apply this knowledge in practice to the implementation of PBS. Students will learn about different theories of implementation, and will be supported to apply these concepts to the implementation of PBS for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Critically discuss evidence from implementation research and demonstrate how this can be applied to the implementation of PBS.

2. Apply knowledge and understanding to inform the system-wide implementation of PBS.

3. Critically appraise the impact of systemic factors on the implementation of PBS.

4. Develop and design a system-wide PBS implementation plan 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.