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Counselling Research Project (CSL677)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description Understanding research underlies many skills essential for a Counsellor. In particular the ability to reflect on, and critically analyse complex information, both in practice and from reading relevant research. Understanding research supports the Counsellor to make informed decisions in a considered and ethical way. This unit develops skills by further developing student research ideas and proposals, conducting research and writing up research projects. This applied unit will assist with development and appreciation of issues, limitations and pragmatics of research.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Develop research ideas into a feasible research project
2. Source relevant literature from multiple sources
3. Apply appropriate ethical standards in research
4. Critically evaluate published research
5. Demonstrate effective academic writing and communication skills
6. Explain how research helps further develop essential counselling skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning will involve interactive seminars that will include small group activities, class discussions and presentations. In addition, there will also be group supervision meetings with supervisors to help you develop your research proposals into completed projects.
Assessment The assessment items include an research plan, a class presentation, an annotated bibliography and a written research report. These assessment items collaboratively align with the learning outcomes in providing opportunities for students to develop their research ideas into feasible research projects, conduct counselling research in an ethical and professional manner. Students can expect to receive feedback through their marked assessments, as well as feedback from peers and their supervisor in group discussions and presentations.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Counselling or Master of Creative Arts Therapies. Completion of all the units in the Graduate Diploma in Counselling or Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies, including completion of SHP632 Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY677 Counselling: Case Study may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: PSY677
2013: 'Counselling: Case Study'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Hugo Gonzales
Senior Lecturer in Counselling

e: Hugo.Gonzales@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Mr Hugo Gonzales
Senior Lecturer in Counselling

e: Hugo.Gonzales@murdoch.edu.au
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