Foundations in Social Research, Writing, and Methods

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC400
  • 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. Analyse, synthesise, and critically engage with academic literature relevant to social science or counselling contexts, interpreting strengths and weaknesses;
  2. Critically engage with existing research to construct an evidence-based argument within a defined social science or counselling context;
  3. Formulate arguments using appropriate academic writing and research conventions;
  4. Evaluate the relative strengths, limitations, and contributions of different methods suitable for achieving particular social science research objectives;
  5. Reflect on the purposes and processes of ethical research design and presentation.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction, Study Skills, and Critical and Creative Thinking
  2. Academic Integrity and Ethics
  3. Scholarly Writing Skills in Social Science and Counselling
  4. Social Science Research Methods, including research design and analysis
  5. Quantitative Research Methods
  6. Statistical Design, including data collection
  7. Qualitative Research Methods
  8. Mixed Methods Research Design

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

  • Annotated Bibliography (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Quizzes (10%)
  • Essay (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.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.