Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students develop a proposal for research under individual supervision with their research supervisor. Students conduct a critical reading of a relevant research literature in psychology guided by their supervisor. Students are further expected to be able to demonstrate their proficiency in database searching and will be directed to undergo training in upgrading their database research skills. Students are required to attend five research seminars and are required to lodge an application to the Human Ethics Committee as part of their preparation for the conducting of the research. The research should be conducted in the broad area of counselling or health psychology, or address an issue or concern in relation to the practise of psychology. Research design may incorporate quantitative and/ or qualitative methods. Alternatives to conducting a traditional piece of empirical research are available but must be negotiated with the research supervisor on an individual basis.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCP Master of Counselling Psychology


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsApplied behavioural statistics (5th Ed)PrescribedHinkle, D.E., Wiersma, W. & Jurs, S.G. (2003)CANADA: WADSWORTH CENGAGE LEARNING
ReadingsDoing qualitative research in psychologyPrescribedForrester, M.A. (2010)LONDON: SAGE
ReadingsQualitative Research MethodsPrescribedLiamputtong, P. (2013)MELBOURNE: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsResearch Design in CounsellingRecommendedHeppner, P., Wampold, B.E., Kivlighan, D.M. (2008)BELMONT: THOMAS BROOK COLE
ReadingsResearch design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approachesRecommendedCreswell, J. W. (2009)LOS ANGELES LONDON NEW DELHI SINGAPORE: SAGE
ReadingsSocial Research MethodsRecommendedBryman, A. (2012)LONDON: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Class requirements

Three 3.0 hours seminar per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Supervisor Consultation
Three 1.0 hours supervisor consultation per study period and delivered via blended.

Eleven 3.0 hours lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3,000-word research proposal including literature review & ethical consideration70
Individual research proposal presentation including summary literature review30
Student recorded minutes of all meetings with supervisorHURDLE REQUIREMENT0