Postgraduate taught 

Positive Behaviour Support MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Monitoring & Evaluating Positive Behaviour Support Plans MED5594

  • 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

Short Description

This course will enable students to build on their learning from previous courses and to learn practical skills in monitoring and evaluating Positive Behaviour Support for people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours. Students will learn how to design monitoring tools for Positive Behaviour Support and how to evaluate outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


The course is made up of lectures in semester 3 (summer).

Excluded Courses



MED5593 Developing & Implementing Positive Behaviour Support Plans must have been taken in semester 2


Students will develop a monitoring tool and write up a short explanatory report (50%)


Oral presentation (50%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to further develop students' knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support and their skills in monitoring and evaluating this for people with intellectual disabilities. This will include teaching students how to use monitoring tools, and also practical methods of evaluating the outcomes from using a Positive Behaviour Support approach with this population.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate a critical awareness about monitoring Positive Behaviour Support through developing a monitoring tool and describing how this could be used this in practice. 

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of approaches to the evaluation of Positive Behaviour Support.

3. Communicate the overall process of planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a PBS approach to mixed audiences.

4. Critically discuss Positive Behaviour Support and clearly define the approach. 

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.