COUN6191 Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 2

Master Course Unit

COUN6191: Counselling and Psychotherapy: Part 2

Duration: One trimester

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisite: COUN6181: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 1 

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Core

Unit description

This unit is the second in a sequence of four units to be studied consecutively, and which are:

1. COUN6181: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 1 - This unit requires the submission of a completed HREA (ethics application) to HREC for evaluation)

2. COUN6191: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 2

3. COUN6241: Research Project 1 

4. COUN6251: Research Project 2

COUN6191 Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 2 builds on your introductory knowledge and experience of research methods gained from COUN6181 Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Part 1.  This unit starts you on your research journey by guiding you through the initial stages of your research proposal.  You will be introduced to the process of recruiting participants for your research, followed by some direction about “how to” analyse your data (both quantitative data and qualitative data)..  What you learn will prepare you for the data collection phase of your research, which occurs in your third research related unit, COUN6241 Research Project 1. By the end of this unit you will have a solid knowledge of the research process giving you the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently write and submit your HREA during the fourth trimester of your course (and prior to enrolling in COUN6241 Research Project 1) as guided by your supervisor. 

Learning outcomes

By the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a)      Evaluate research proposals to determine if they are methodologically robust;

b)      Design and plan a research project, from inception to completion, in the context of counselling and psychotherapy;

c)      Understand and apply skills in a range of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods;

d)      Critically analyse the ethical issues involved in research; 

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Special provisions

Students will attend an on campus workshop of 14 hours in this unit, which will include lectures, learning activities on research design and data collection and discussions of research methods.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Relevant journals and resources

Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.