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 a program and evaluation proposal.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography Review of peer-reviewed research articles regarding a chosen counselling intervention (1500 words) 30%
Report Submit an individual report of a group designed counselling related project proposal with support of evidence-based literature. (1500 words) 30%
Test In class multiple-choice quiz to test knowledge of research and evaluation methods relevant to counselling research (90 mins) 40%

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