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BACH2143: Counselling and Behaviour Management for CD

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, 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 Mairwen Jones,
Lecturer(s) Mairwen Jones,
Tutor(s) Mairwen Jones,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Counselling weekly online Canvas quiz
Online Canvas quiz in weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each quiz has 5 questions.
20% Week 03
Due date: 16 Aug 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 13 Sep 2022
15 minutes each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Online task Counselling class paper
Counselling class paper
30% Week 07
Due date: 13 Sep 2022 at 15:10

Closing date: 13 Sep 2022
70 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Behaviour Management Weekly Online Canvas Quiz
Online Canvas quiz in weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12. Each quiz has 5 questions.
20% Week 09 15 minutes each
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation Behaviour management group presentation
There will be 4 groups presenting one of 4 topics in week 10-13 tutorials
30% Week 10
Due date: 13 Oct 2022 at 13:00

Closing date: 03 Nov 2022
25 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7

Assessment summary


  • Counselling Class Paper: Students will complete a  70 minute Quiz, presented via Canvas, in the timeslot of the Week 7 Lecture
  • Behaviour Management Group Presentation: Students will be allocated to one of 4 groups of approximately 5 students. Each group will be allocated one of 4 topics. Groups presenting topic 1 will present in the Week 10 tutorial, topic 2 will be presented in the Week 11 tutorial, topic 3 will be presented in the Week 12 tutorial. Topic 4 will be presented in the Week 13 tutorial. Each presentation will be for a maximum 25 minute duration.
  • Counselling weekly online Canvas quizzes: There will be one weekly quiz across 4 weeks (weeks 3-6). Each quiz has 5 questions and will be completed in Canvas.
  • Behaviour Management weekly online Canvas quizzes: There will be one weekly quiz across 4 weeks (weeks 8-11). Each quiz has 5 questions and will be completed in Canvas.

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 students who are unable to complete the Counselling Class Paper.

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.Counselling traditions 2. Counselling across cultures Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
SOLER Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 1. Ethics and legal issues 2. Working with couples Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Basic listening sequence Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 04 Grief and loss Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Working with couples, groups and families Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 05 1. Working with pain 2. Knowing yourself Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Breaking bad news Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Motivational Interviewing Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
1. Bringing it all together 2. Organisation of groups and allocation of topics for behaviour management groupwork presentation task Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 1. Introduction to behaviour management; 2. Getting behaviour to occur more often with positive reinforcement 3. Schedules of reinforcement 4. Conditioned reinforcement Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Behavioural assessment - functional analysis of behaviour; 2. Methods of measuring and recording behaviour 3. Case Study 1 Tutorial (1 hr) LO5
Week 09 1. Stimulus discrimination; 2. Stimulus generalisation 3. Decreasing behaviour with extinction Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Behavioural assessment 2. Designing a behaviour modification program 3. Case study 2 Tutorial (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 1. Eliminating behaviour with punishment; 2. Ethical considerations Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Group presentation Topic 1 The use and effectiveness of behaviour modification applications for Tourette Syndrome. 2. General group discussion and questions Tutorial (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Using fading, shaping and chaining Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Group presentation Topic 2 The use and effectiveness of behaviour modification applications for Autism Spectrum Disorder. 2. General group discussion and questions Tutorial (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 1. Applications of behaviour therapy for speech therapy 2. Designing a behaviour modification program Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Group presentation Topic 3 The use and effectiveness of behaviour modification applications for Selective Mutism. 2. General group discussion and questions Tutorial (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 1. Cognitive behaviour therapy; 2. What it is and how it relates to speech therapy; 3. Lecture series review; Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
1. Group presentation Topic 4 The use and effectiveness of behaviour modification applications for Dysarthria in Parkinson’s Disease 2. General group discussion and questions Tutorial (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Lectures take place in weeks 1-13. All lectures will be face-to-face. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lectures and tutorials.

Tutorials will be conducted in weeks 2-6 and 8-13 in face-to-face mode with appropriate social distancing. If circumstances change, students will be notified.

Please check your timetable for your allocated class time and room and attend in-person on the day. Due to the groupwork that will be conducted students are required to attend their scheduled tutorial class. Attendance lists will be taken at tutorials. 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 including the textbook for Counselling can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

The fextbook for the Behaviour Management section of the unit is;

Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (10th Edition). The authors are Martin G. & Pear, J. 

Students can buy the print copy of Behavior Modification: What It Is and How To Do It (ISBN of the International Edition Paperback: 9780367427412) on and benefit from a 20% discount and free shipping by using this code when they check out: SAV20.


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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.

In 2022 the unit will be conducted in face-to-face mode. This is likely to address some of the student feedback regarding the isolation experienced due to Covid-19 related changes in access to campus when lectures and tutorials were all online.

Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements associated with this unit, however the tutorial class sizes will be managed to allow for physical distancing. As such students need to attend their scheduled tutorial only so that tutorial class sizes are even and don’t breach the maximum number of 25. 


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