This unit of study provides students with knowledge and techniques in the design of evaluation and research in the counselling field. The topics explored include introduction to the paradigms, methodologies and the range of research methods used in social science research; application of qualitative and quantitative methods to the counselling field; critical analysis of the design, analysis and interpretation of research in the counselling field; critical examination of the literature in an area of interest in the counselling field; and the application of program evaluation in the counselling field. A parallel purpose of the unit is to provide students with the necessary skills to develop a professional project proposal.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate evaluation techniques and research methods that are relevant to counselling practice;  
  2. Critically review literature relating to evidence-based counselling interventions and programs; and  
  3. Conceptually map and evaluate a counselling-related project.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2x multiple-choice online tests (5%+15%) 20%
Assignment Literature review of peer-reviewed research articles regarding a chosen counselling intervention (1200 words) 30%
Report Report of a group-designed counselling related project (2000 words) - See below 50%
Part A: Group information collection and analysis (25%, 1200 words) Part B: Individual report (15%, 800 words) Part C: Group presentation (10%, 10 minutes)

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