COUN6251 Research Project 2

Master Course Unit

COUN6251: Research Project 2

Duration: One trimester

Level: 1st year

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

Prerequisites: COUN6241 Research Project 1

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Core

Unit description

This unit follows on from Research Project 1 and provides further information about the research project and methodological issues about the study being conducted and about research in general. Students will report their research findings in progressive stages beginning with a report of the data analysis. This will be followed by a full research report which includes a brief overview of the literaturean outline of the study’s aims, an explanation of the research methodology, an identification of the procedures, the data analysis, discussion of the findings, and recommendations for future research. In addition to the full report, a short version of the report in the form of a poster or colloquium presentation will also form part of the unit requirements. By the end of this unit, students will have conducted a research project and reported it in various fora. 

Learning outcomes

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

  • apply systematic data analysis techniques to data collected in Research Project 1
  • apply accepted qualitative and /or quantitative techniques in data analysis
  • critically reflect on the process of conducting the research study
  • demonstrate advanced writing skills in developing their research report
  • apply ethical guidelines for researchers to research practice and critically reflect on ethical issues as they arise
  • report back to participants on research findings
  • demonstrate professional skills in presenting and discussing data with peers

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Graduate attributes

The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Communication

The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts using literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. 

  • Independent and Lifelong Learning

A commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and inquiry, integrative thinking, and creativity.

  • Problem Solving

The ability to problem solve across a range of settings including professional, social and cultural contexts. 

  • Information Literacy

The ability to assimilate, analyse and utilise information effectively in a range of contexts, genres and texts types.

  • Innovation and Sustainability

A capacity to promote innovation within a socially sustainable environment.

  • Social Justice

An acknowledgment of and respect for equality of opportunity, individual and civic responsibility, indigenous and other cultures and times, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

  • Discipline Knowledge and Skills

A command of a significant body of discipline knowledge and relevant professional skills.

  • Ethics and Ethical Practice

An awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethics and ethical standards on interpersonal and social levels, and within a field of study and/or profession.  To demonstrate integrity on social, cultural, and environmental issues.

  • Teamwork and leadership

A capacity for and an understanding of teamwork and leadership.

  • Global Perspective

An appreciation, respect and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity.

Special provisions

Students will attend on campus workshops of 14 hours in this unit, which will include lectures, learning activities on data analysis techniques and discussions.


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.