Details for Foundations in Social Research, Writing, and Methods

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC100
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar

Awards offering Foundations in Social Research, Writing, and Methods

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Recognise and distinguish between a variety of academic writing conventions, as well as research methods, models, and techniques used in social sciences and counselling;
  2. Explain the importance of academic integrity and ethical research;
  3. Interpret the strengths and weakness of academic literature relevant to social science or counselling studies;
  4. Illustrate competence in a variety of academic writing and research conventions;
  5. Sustain logical and evidence-based arguments within a defined social science or counselling context;
  6. Demonstrate skills in critical and creative thinking;
  7. Reproduce effective oral and written communication skills.

Subject Content

  • Introduction, Study Skills, and Learning Styles
  • Academic Integrity and Ethics (including Referencing and Plagiarism)
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Scholarly Writing Skills in Social Science and Counselling
  • Social Science Research Methods, including research design and analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Statistical Design, including data collection
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Oral Presentations

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reflective Learning Journals (10%
  • Major Essay Part 1 (30%)
  • Major Essay Part 2 (15%)
  • Major Essay Part 3 (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Mewburn, I., Firth, K., and Lehmann, S. How to Fix Your Academic Writing Trouble: A Practical Guide. London: Open University Press, 2019.
  • McLeod, J. Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage, 2014.