RESEARCH DISSERTATION (M)

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMC821365
Module Leader Barbara Duncan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimester
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Must have undertaken Analytical Methods Module (MMC811518)

Summary of Content

This is an Independent Study Module (60 D-level/M-level credit points) which forms the first element in the Doctorate in in Counselling Psychology. It involves carrying out a systematic review of professional relevance to the Counselling Psychology field and will be assessed on the basis of review paper of not more than 10,000 words (excluding references, but not appendices). The work enables students to draw on the skills and insights acquired in the six M-level modules of the Counselling Psychology programme, and to assume a deep, critical and innovative stance in exploring a relevant topic in the Counselling Psychology field.

Syllabus

Students undertaking the module are required to devise an appropriate plan of study and empirical investigation relevant to the topic being explored

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate an ability to: - Identify and conceptualise an issue within the field of counselling psychology that requires empirical or theoretical investigation- Undertake a systematic study of relevant literature and develop a personal, stance in relation to the arguments raised;- Synthesise theoretical and professional insights derived from the literature and other sources;- Critically articulate, and reflect on, their interest and biases in relation to the chosen subject area- Display an ability to reflect critically and deeply upon the learning resulting from the study.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This is an independent study module supported personal tutorial contact with a research supervisor

Indicative Reading

McLeod, J. (2003) Doing Counselling Research. (2nd ed.) London: Sage. Denscombe, M. (2002) Ground Rules for Good Research: A 10 Point Guide for Social Researchers. Buckingham: Open University Press Department of Health (2001) Treatment Choices in Psychological Therapies and Counselling. London. Department of Health. Hill, C. E., Thompson, B. J. and Williams, E. N. (1997) A guide to conducting consensual qualitative research. The Counselling Psychologist 25(4), 517-572. Lambert, M. J. and Ogles, B. M. (2004) The efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy. In M. J. Lambert (Ed). Bergin and Garfield's Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behaviour Change. Chicago: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 139-193. McLeod, J. (2000) Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage. Toukmanian, S. G. and Rennie, D. L. (1992) Psychotherapy Process Research: Paradigmatic and Narrative Approaches. London: Sage.

Transferrable Skills

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the following transferable skills; -The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; -Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; -The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (PT) 99.00
Assessment (PT) 41.00
Independent Learning (FT) 54.00
Seminars (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 99.00
Assessment (FT) 99.00
Assessment (FT) 41.00
Seminars (PT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 54.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00
Tutorials (PT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 10,000 word systematic review