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Academic Research and Writing

This unit will provide students with skills in essay planning, academic paragraph writing, editing, proofreading, the research process and the APA format for referencing. 

Offered: Refer to Counselling Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2

Discipline: DZ Professional Counselling



Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the academic essay elements and format;
  2. Critique and evaluate a relevant text for correct academic formatting;
  3. Articulate the process and essential steps of academic research;
  4. Show competence in using APA referencing styles.


Document Study (1000 words) 20%
Inter-textual Study (1000 words) 20%
Essay (2000 words) 60%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). American Psychological Association 

Dovey, T (2009), The literature review, ELSSA Centre, UTS 

Royce, T (2009), The structure of the literature review, ELSSA Centre, UTS. 

Bailey. S. (2015). Academic Writing: A handbook for international students. London and New York: Routledge. 

Craswell, G. (2004). Writing for Academic Success. Sage Publications. 

Murray, N. (2012). Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics, Cambridge University Press. 

Jordan, R.R. (1999). Academic Writing Course. London: Nelson/Longman. 

Hamp-Lyons, L. & Heasley, B. (2006). Study Writing. Cambridge University Press. 

Oshima, A. & Houge, A. (2005). Writing Academic English. Assison-Wesley, New York. 

Swales, J. and C. Feak. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Skills and Tasks. Michigan University Press.