Research Skills 2022-23
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will be taught through a combination of lectures introducing the core research theories and computer labs to apply what you have learnt to develop your own research skills.
Topics covered in this module include: • Research and Therapy (Self-Assessment) • Finding Research Literature (Literature Reviews) • Accrediting Sources (Citations and References) • Dissecting Research Articles (Purpose and Structure) • Measuring the Mind (Research Measures) • Investigating the Individual (Samples and Populations) • Primary and Secondary (Systematic Reviews) • Individuals and Extremes (Systematic Case Studies) • Questions and Answers (Questionnaire, Interview, Focus Group Studies) • Recording and Reporting (Observational Studies) Please note that these topics are subject to change dependent on staff availability and the assessed needs of the students
Excellent (A*, A+, A, A-) • Complex and considered use of research skills to address a problem • Comprehensive knowledge of research skills in counselling • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Novel and innovative originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Extensive and comprehensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
Good (B+, B, B-) • Considered use of research skills to address a problem • Strong knowledge of research skills in counselling • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Novel originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Comprehensive independent research from appropriate sources • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Good presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Satisfactory (C+, C, C-) • Basic use of research skills to address a problem • Some knowledge of research skills in counselling • Understanding of the main concepts with no major factual errors • Basic analysis showing obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice for part of the work • Some evidence of independent research from appropriate sources • Arguments presented with evidence for the most important claims • Readable structure showing focus at times • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style with no major errors
If you do not meet the threshold for Satisfactory, then your work will be graded as a Fail. Fail grades vary from Poor (D+, D, D-, E+, E, E-) to Very Poor (F).
- Critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research.
- Find, utilise, and critique appropriate therapeutic research literature.
- Review and evaluate research in counselling with a critical understanding of the value of empirical evidence for therapeutic interventions.
- Understand different qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
Eight classroom exercises completed across the semester. Exercises are open-book sets of questions (often multiple-choice or short answer) accessed through Blackboard. Exercises can be completed in the weekly workshop with the lecturer available to answer questions if needed. Alternatively, the student can choose to complete the exercise in their own time outside the class during that week. Each exercise is made available on the Monday of that week and must be submitted before the following Monday when the answers will be released. Each exercise should take approximately 50 minutes to complete, but the exercise itself has no time limit to ensure that it is fully inclusive for students with different learning needs.
Literature review of 1500wds critically exploring published research and theory into a key issue in counselling.