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BACH2143: Counselling and Behaviour Management for CD

Semester 2 Early, 2020 [Normal day] - Cumberland, Sydney

Students will acquire skills and knowledge of basic and advanced counselling, psychotherapeutic and behaviour management skills as they are used by students and professionals in health sciences working with individuals with communication disorders.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BACH2143
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Steven Cumming,
Lecturer(s) Mairwen Jones,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final examination
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Counselling class paper
Counselling class paper
30% Week 07 50 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Behaviour management essay
Behaviour management assignment (+ online work)
30% Week 11 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Final exam: The exam will comprise short answer and essay
    questions for counselling and behaviour management content and
    also multiple choice questions for behaviour management that require integration of information presented in lectures and tutorials and interpretation of case studies. 
  • Counselling Class Paper: Students will complet a  1-hour Quiz, presented via Canvas, in the timeslot of the Week 7 Lecture
  • Behavious Management Assignment: Students wil complete online activited and submit a 1500 word writttedn assignment

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day for submitted work. Special Consideration will be required for the student who are unable to complete the Counselling Test.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to the unit and expectations; 2. Introduction to counselling; 3. What is (and isn’t) counselling?; 4. Counselling process model Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 1. Empathy; 2. Core characteristics and attending skills; 3. Theories and perspectives 1 Lecture (2 hr)  
SOLER Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 03 1. Theories and perspectives 2; 2. Active listening Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Basic listening sequence Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 04 Counselling in a multicultural context Lecture (2 hr)  
Working with couples, groups and families Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 05 1. Difficult issues; 2. Grief and loss Lecture (2 hr)  
Breaking bad news Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 06 Counselling and professional practice: intake and reception, assessment, treatment Lecture (2 hr)  
Bringing it all together Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 08 1. Introduction to behaviour management; 2. Getting behaviour to occur more often with positive reinforcement; 3. Schedules of reinforcement; 4. Conditioned reinforcement; 5. Stimulus discrimination; 6. Stimulus generalisation Lecture (2 hr)  
1. Behavioural assessment - functional analysis of behaviour; 2. Methods of measuring and recording behaviour Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 09 Decreasing behaviour with extinction Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 10 1. Eliminating behaviour with punishment; 2. Ethical considerations Lecture (2 hr)  
Behavioural assessment – case study 1 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 11 Applications of behaviour therapy for speech therapy Lecture (2 hr)  
Designing a behaviour modification program – case study 1 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 12 Using fading, shaping and chaining Lecture (2 hr)  
Designing a behaviour modification program – case study 2 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 13 1. Cognitive behaviour therapy; 2. What it is and how it relates to speech therapy; 3. Lecture series review; 4. Discussion of exam Lecture (2 hr)  
Discussion of essay findings Tutorial (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Lectures take place in weeks 1-13. All lectures will be delivered online via Zoom and other technologies in 2020. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lectures and tutorials.

All lectures and the tutorials from weeks 8-13 will be delivered online.

Tutorials in weeks 2-7 can proceed face-to-face with appropriate social distancing. If circumstances change, it is possible to conduct the tutorials online. Please check your timetable for your allocated class time and room and attend in-person on the day. If you are unable to attend classes in person then please contact the unit of study coordinator to discuss alternative arrangements. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (9th Edition). The authors are Martin G. & Pear, J. This book will be sold at the Cumberland Campus Bookshop. There will also be readings provided.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe successful and unsuccessful counselling techniques
  • LO2. understand and contrast different models and theories of counselling
  • LO3. demonstrate counselling and interviewing skills
  • LO4. demonstrate the core values of health and therapeutic counselling
  • LO5. understand the principles of learning that underpin behaviour management techniques
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge of different behaviour management techniques used in behavioural change
  • LO7. demonstrate knowledge of the appropriateness of different management techniques across a range of clinical situations.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The unit has been adapted to 'hybrid' delivery for 2020, due in part to student feedback regarding the scheduled lecture time, and to Covid-19 related changes in access to campus.

Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements assocaited with this unit, however the couseling tutorial class sizes will need to managed tighly to comply with distancing requirements in 2020 


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