Positive Behaviour Support Practice MED5636P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course forms part of the MSc in Positive Behaviour Support. It is designed to evidence that students have developed skills relevant to the PBS competence framework, which is published by the PBS Academy. The course is assessed through a Portfolio of Practice Competence, which includes case and supervision logs, presentation of four case studies and an oral examination assessing the integration of knowledge and research into practice.


The Practice Portfolio will be completed over one academic year. There will be monthly tutorials that run from September to June. There will also be a range of pre-recorded lectures. Students will receive monthly supervision.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



The PBS Practice Portfolio will include be independently marked by two academics (80%) and examined by viva voce with the external examiner and an internal examiner with PBS expertise (20%).

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to support the development of relevant competencies from the PBS Academy Competence Framework. The course aims to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge to complete a practice-based portfolio demonstrating their clinical competence in implementing PBS with a range of individuals with intellectual disabilities, across a range of settings and services, and presenting with a range of needs and behaviours.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Assess the quality and context of the care and support environments

2. Use structured approaches to screen an individual's physical and mental health

3. Complete a functional, contextual and skills based assessment of behaviours perceived as challenging

4. Identify change enhancers and barriers within services and systems

5. Demonstrate a range of data collection methods to assess behaviours perceived as challenging

6. Complete and implement a PBS management plan

7. Assess the effectiveness of the PBS management plan

8. Deliver training to others to support the implementation of the PBS management plan.

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.