Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research and Evaluation in Counselling

Research and Evaluation in Counselling (COU505)


This course is designed to provide a practical graduate-level overview of research and evaluation design in counselling and to develop skills for designing and criticizing research. It is intended to assist students in planning and conceptualising their own research and in interpreting and using the research of others.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Overview to Research in Counselling
  • Counselling: A Science?
  • Ethical Issues in the Applied Research Process
  • Getting Ideas for Research in Counselling
  • Making Systematic Observation in Counselling
  • Choosing a Research Design for Counselling
  • Choosing and Using Research Subjects
  • Using Nonexperimental Research in Counselling
  • Using Between-Subjects Design
  • Using Special Research Design in Counselling
  • Programme Evaluation in Counselling
  • Single Case Analysis

Learning Outcome

  • Examine and justify the role of research in enhancing practice.
  • Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Analyse methodological issues in qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Critique a research study and submit a written assessment.
  • Defend the importance of programme evaluation in counselling practices.
  • Plan and implement relevant steps in conducting a programme evaluation.
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