Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Summer 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 07/21/2024 06:04AM

Behavior Analysis

BEHV 424 - Introduction to Behavior Analysis

BEHV 424 is an introductory course in Behavior Analysis. The focus of this class will be the basic behavioral principles (e.g., reinforcement, stimulus control, punishment and extinction). The format will include a combination of lectures, group discussions, and small group activities. Readings from the text (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2020) will serve as the basis for class discussions. In addition, supplemental readings that provide applied or experimental examples of the topics provided will be assigned.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/20
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Emily Perry
4
Main Campus

BEHV 430 - Legal and Ethical Issues

This course was designed to provide students with an overview of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ethics code. Ethical issues outlined in the Behavior Analyst Certification Board�s (BACB®) Task List will be reviewed in the context of this class (http://www.bacb.com/). Additionally, the student will become familiar with federal and state legal regulations and policies specific to behavior management and restraint, as well as discuss larger ethical issues such as the design of cultures, guardianship, and discrimination.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/21
Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Kylan Turner
4
Main Campus

BEHV 434 - Methods for Changing Behavior II

This course reviews a methodological, evidence-based approach to educational design, as well as several evidence-based instructional practices. The pedagogical strategies taught throughout the course are utilized in this class, including Interteaching, active responding, programmed instruction, mastery-based learning, Personalized Systems of Instruction (PSI), Precision Teaching, and Direct Instruction.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/20
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Christina Barosky
4
Main Campus

BEHV 455 - Supervised Fieldwork V

This course provides supervision and mentoring to students using the basic principles of behavior analysis in the classroom or work setting. It fulfills, in part, the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for completion of supervision under the category of Supervised Fieldwork. Students complete 5 semesters of individual and group supervision to fulfill the entire requirement for Supervised Fieldwork.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Emily Perry
2
Main Campus
02 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
7:45PM - 9:15PM
Emily Perry
2
Main Campus

BEHV 465 - Theoretical and Applied Issues in Skinner's Writings

Skinner considered his 1957 book Verbal Behavior to be his most important work. Skinner rejected cognitive explanations of language as the transmission of thoughts and ideas that start in our minds. Instead, he analyzed verbal behavior as behavior controlled by basic behavioral processes, including positive reinforcement and stimulus control. In this course, students read and analyze the concepts in Verbal Behavior, such as the mand, tact, intraverbal, and autoclitic. The distinction between radical and methodological behaviorism is discussed, including a discussion of how behavior analysts treat private events and covert verbal behavior. Students read research on applications of verbal behavior to improving the communication of individuals with language delays. There is also an emphasis on practical applications of the analysis of verbal behavior. Products of this course include a teaching program based on verbal behavior and a paper extending ideas or research avenues in verbal behavior.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/20
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Simone Palmer
4
Main Campus

BEHV 470 - Practicum Orientation

<b>1 mandatory meeting: </b><i>Practicum Orientation must be successfully completed to be eligible to take Practicum I. Practicum Orientation is an asynchronous course that students complete to prepare for Practicum, including submitting required paperwork for proposed sites and supervisors, and preparing for the thesis equivalent project. Students must attend a mandatory meeting.</i>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Gretchen Dittrich
TBD
TBD

BEHV 472 - Practicum II

Practicum II is an experiential learning course. Students must work at an approved site, with an approved supervisor, completing a minimum of 20 experience hours per month (45 hours per semester). In addition to experience hours, students complete didactic instruction weekly, and complete a thesis equivalent research project.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/21
Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:30PM
Gretchen Dittrich
4
Main Campus

BEHV 495 - Independent Study

The student selects a problem for in-depth analysis and study. Prerequisite: graduate student standing and department consent.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/21
Wednesday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Gretchen Dittrich
1
TBD

Behavioral Analysis Online

BEHVO 415 - Introduction to Single Subject Research

This course presents and assesses the experimental control developed by various types of single-subject research designs. Additionally, the types of measurement protocols, ethical issues, data collection, and visual display are discussed in relation to each research design.This course will use behaviorally based pedagogical strategies, such as Say All Fast Minute Each Day Shuffle (SAFMEDS), interteaching, group activities, case studies, readings, literature reviews, guided notes, Socratic questioning, quizzes, exams, a midterm, and a final exam. Active student responding will be prioritized. Students must design, present, and defend a hypothetical study in a professional poster format.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/12
Monday
6:30PM - 8:40PM
Noelle Neault
4
TBD

BEHVO 424 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

The focus of this class is on basic behavioral vocabulary, definitions, and principles (e.g., reinforcement, stimulus control, and motivation). The format includes a combination of lectures, group discussions, and small group activities. Readings from assigned texts will serve as the basis for class presentation and discussions. This course will use behaviorally based pedagogical strategies, such as Say All Fast Minute Each Day Shuffle (SAFMEDS), interteaching, group activities, case studies, readings, literature reviews, guided notes, Socratic questioning, quizzes and exams, a midterm and a final exam. Active student responding will be prioritized.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
6:30PM - 8:40PM
Stephanie Keesey-Phelan
4
TBD

BEHVO 426 - Behavioral Assessment

Assessment is the cornerstone of behavior analysis. Whether working with people or animals, individually or in groups, addressing any given problem, the foundation of the behavior analyst�s work is rigorous assessment. This course introduces the methods of behavioral assessment, focusing on identifying hypotheses and testing the hypothesis to identify functional relations. The course also teaches students to plan effective clinical and educational interventions based on the results of multi-dimensional behavioral assessment that uses a continuum of assessment methods.Through this course, students will learn to conduct a functional behavioral assessment including planning, taking data, interpreting data, composing narrative reports, and establishing rapport with clients while determining how best to measure progress and develop goals. By the end of the course, students should be able to perform these processes with any client or any group of clients.This course will use behaviorally based pedagogical strategies, such as Say All Fast Minute Each Day Shuffle (SAFMEDS), interteaching, group activities, individual self paced modules, readings, literature reviews, guided notes, Socratic questioning, quizzes, exams, and a final project. Active student responding will be prioritized.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:10PM
Dani Pizzella
4
TBD

BEHVO 427 - Methodologies for Behavior Change I

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Kristy Johnson
4
TBD

BEHVO 430 - Ethics and Legal Issues

This course was designed to provide students with an overview of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board�s (2014) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Ethical issues outlined in the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List will be reviewed in the context of this class (http://www.bacb.com/). Additionally, the student will become familiar with federal and state legal regulations and policies specific to behavior management and restraint, as well as discuss larger ethical issues such as the design of cultures, guardianship, and discrimination.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/15
Thursday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Ronald Allen
4
TBD

BEHVO 434 - Methodologies for Behavior Change II

The purpose of this course is to expose students to innovative behavioral instructional protocols, such as precision teaching, PSI, direct instruction, stimulus equivalence, and errorless instruction.This course will use behaviorally based pedagogical strategies, such as lecture with guided notes, active choral responding, practice opportunities with modeling, Personalized System of Instruction, guided reading, guest lectures, weekly quizzes, a final exam and two student projects.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/19 - 2024/08/18
Sunday
8:30PM - 10:40PM
Jessica Mias
4
TBD
02 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Christina Barosky
4
TBD

BEHVO 445 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis

Examines the how fundamental behavior analytical protocols (e.g., schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, etc.) can be used to assess and account for sophisticated human behaviors, such as verbal behaviors, private events, and derived relational responding. Translational research (i.e., from laboratory to the real world) is presented and discussed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/12
Monday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Laurel Ciavarri
4
TBD

BEHVO 454 - Supervised Fieldwork IV

This course provides supervision and mentoring to students using the basic principles of behavior analysis in the classroom or work setting. It fulfills, in part, the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for completion of supervision under the category of Supervised Fieldwork. Students complete 5 semesters of individual and group supervision to fulfill the entire requirement for Supervised Fieldwork.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/15
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Jessica Wenig
2
TBD

BEHVO 455 - Supervised Fieldwork V

This course provides supervision and mentoring to students using the basic principles of behavior analysis in the classroom or work setting. It fulfills, in part, the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for completion of supervision under the category of Supervised Fieldwork. Students complete 5 semesters of individual and group supervision to fulfill the entire requirement for Supervised Fieldwork.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/12
Monday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Jessica Wenig
2
TBD
02 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/15
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Nicole Keane
2
TBD
04 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
10:30PM - 11:59PM
Molly Shireman
2
TBD
05 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/12
Monday
6:15PM - 7:45PM
Nicole Keane
2
TBD

BEHVO 465 - Verbal Behavior

Skinner considered his 1957 book, &#34;Verbal Behavior,&#34; to be his most important work. Skinner rejected cognitive explanations of language as the transmission of thoughts and ideas that start in our minds. Instead, he analyzed verbal behavior as behavior controlled by basic behavioral processes, including positive reinforcement and stimulus control. In this course, students read and analyze the concepts in &#34;Verbal Behavior,&#34; such as the mand, tact, intraverbal, and autoclitic. The distinction between radical and methodological behaviorism is discussed, including a discussion of how behavior analysts treat private events and covert verbal behavior. Students read research on applications of verbal behavior to improving the communication of individuals with language delays. There is also an emphasis on practical applications of the analysis of verbal behavior. Products of this course include a teaching program based on verbal behavior and a paper extending ideas or research avenues in verbal behavior.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/12
Monday
8:00PM - 10:10PM
Megan Breault
4
TBD
02 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:10PM
Judah Axe
4
TBD
03 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
William Root
4
TBD

BEHVO 466 - Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course provides an overview of the history, characteristics, and treatments associated with autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, the student will review research, systems, and interventions documenting the evidence-based, best-practice approach of applied behavior analysis. Additionally, the student will learn how to collect and evaluate assessment data before the onset of intervention in order to develop relevant and efficacious treatments. Finally, the student will demonstrate the abilities to empirically and objectively evaluate behavior analytic treatment via single-subject research designs and then communicate these results, in writing and orally, to both scientific and lay audiences.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/19 - 2024/08/18
Sunday
5:00PM - 6:45PM
Emily Perry
3
TBD
OL1 2024/05/19 - 2024/08/18
Sunday
5:00PM - 6:45PM
Emily Perry
3
TBD

BEHVO 470 - Practicum Orientation

Practicum Orientation must be successfully completed to be eligible to take Practicum I. Practicum Orientation is an asynchronous course that students complete to prepare for Practicum, including submitting required paperwork for proposed sites and supervisors, and preparing for the thesis equivalent project. Students must attend a mandatory meeting.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Claudia Campos Fleitas
TBD
TBD

BEHVO 471 - Practicum I

Practicum I is an experiential learning course. Students must work at an approved site, with an approved supervisor, completing a minimum of 20 experience hours per month (45 hours per semester). In addition to experience hours, students complete didactic instruction weekly, and complete a thesis equivalent research proposal.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/14
Wednesday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Christina King
4
TBD
02 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
7:00PM - 9:10PM
Christina King
4
TBD

BEHVO 472 - Practicum II

Practicum II is an experiential learning course. Students must work at an approved site, with an approved supervisor, completing a minimum of 20 experience hours per month (45 hours per semester). In addition to experience hours, students complete didactic instruction weekly, and complete a thesis equivalent research project.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/08/13
Tuesday
8:30PM - 10:40PM
Claudia Campos Fleitas
4
TBD
02 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/15
Thursday
6:30PM - 8:40PM
Kylan Turner
4
TBD

Biology

BIOL 221 - Microbiology

Introduces the biology of microorganisms: bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Stresses control of microbial populations, systematic study, and use of quantitative methods. Includes lecture and laboratory sessions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Ali Ahrabi
4
TBD

BIOL 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Presents an integrated approach to the fundamental facts and concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Examines the constituents of the human body through investigation of tissue types and histology, with further emphasis on skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and endocrine control. Laboratory includes histology, gross anatomy, dissection, and physiological experiments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/14 - 2024/07/02
Tuesday, Thursday
5:00PM - 8:50PM
Jyl Richards
4
Main Campus

BIOL 231L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/05/15 - 2024/07/03
Wednesday
5:00PM - 8:50PM
Jyl Richards
TBD
Main Campus

BIOL 232 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Introduces structural relationships and functional integration of major systems of the human body, with emphasis on cardiovascular, lymphatic, immunological, respiratory, digestive, metabolism, renal, reproductive, and homeostatic systems. Laboratory includes histology, gross anatomy, dissection, and physiological experiments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/07/08 - 2024/08/21
Monday, Wednesday
5:00PM - 8:50PM
Jyl Richards
4
Main Campus

BIOL 232L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/07/09 - 2024/08/20
Tuesday
5:00PM - 8:50PM
Jyl Richards
TBD
Main Campus

BIOL 250 - Research Training ll

Students will build research skills in the laboratory and theoretical sciences by becoming involved in active research projects in the Department of Biology or in outside research settings. Students conduct 50 or more research hours.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Eric Luth
2
TBD

Business

BUS 137 - Entrepreneurial Mindset

This course will introduce you to the world of entrepreneurship: a way of looking at the world that identifies and evaluates opportunities. We will learn from entrepreneurs in many different settings (for-profit and socially minded) and from many different backgrounds, including varied gender, race and class identity dimensions. Applying core, easily accessible business skills to real venture ideas (selected by the students themselves) short-term team projects will build your knowledge of how the economy rests on a continuing cycle of innovation. Entrepreneurship is the future - and this introduction to the nuts and bolts of being an entrepreneur can be applied in any job or to a start-up of your own. Entrepreneurship is for everyone!

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/05/13 - 2024/08/19
Monday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Michelle Brown-Droese
4
TBD

BUS 239 - Health Care Finance

This course is an introduction to financial management concepts and business practices in the healthcare industry. It includes the topics of reimbursement and revenue cycle, as well as industry-specific financial reporting and managerial accounting. It focuses on the analytical and performance management techniques that have particular relevance to clinicians and practitioners. In this course, the student should become fluent in the issues, data and concepts of financial decision making at the departmental or unit level. No pre-requisites.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/05/16 - 2024/08/22
Thursday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Anu Puri
4
TBD

BUS 260 - Financial Management

Provides students with the fundamental concepts and analytical tools used in financial management. You will be able to understand the conversation and goals of business meetings, and be able to read The Wall Street Journal. Studies managerial decisions related to evaluating investment and financing opportunities. Examines both short-term and long-term considerations related to these decisions, including risk. Provides both a corporate and an individual decision-making perspective. All analysis applied to a company of your choice. Includes analysis and presentation of a real business opportunity. Competency in Excel required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/05/15 - 2024/08/21
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Laura Neal
4
TBD
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