Course code PedaP103

Credit points 8

Counselling and Research

Total Hours in Course320

Independent study hours320

Date of course confirmation19.01.2022

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developer


Irēna Katane

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

Counselling and Research is a practice where students take part in different career counselling and research activities; plan their work, organization, control and assessment in various organizations, including educational establishments. In this practice, students singly carry out counselling and research; according to particularity of clients, functions of organization and situation, in career counsellor’s work using knowledge and skills, developing and improving counselling and research competences which they obtained in the framework of various study courses, including Research Work Methodology.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course student will have:
• Knowledge (in the level of use) that is acquired during study courses before practice Counselling and Research.
• Skills: to plan, organize, lead, analyze and evaluate counselling services and research as well; use IT for information acquisition, summarization, analysis and evaluation, acquired data mathematical processing and comparison of results; to choose and use appropriate data acquisition and processing methods for research aims, tasks and target audience; to analyze and evaluate acquired results; to self-educate: based on self-assessment can constantly acquire and store new knowledge as well as to improve already existent knowledge and skills.
• Competences: able to use career counselling theoretical knowledge and skills in independent counselling work and research according to the particularity of the chosen practice place: the particularity of organization work, professional working profile and target audience, environment, including context of situation; able to use acquired theoretical knowledge and skills in research methodology planning and carrying out researches in the field of career education and career counselling according to the topic, aim and tasks of research; able to coordinate career counselling aims with research aims during the practice realizing chosen or self-worked out counselling methodology, concepts, strategies or career educational programmes etc. approbation and evaluation based on the client-centered approach; able to carry out research with scientific and practical significance (value) in the field of career counselling; able to self-evaluate counselling effectiveness based on during research acquired analysis and evaluation of results; able to make decisions constantly in one’s professional work’s field as well as to take responsibility for one’s work; able to analyze and evaluate disadvantages of one’s consulting and research work, marking further professional development’s perspective, defining future professional growth’s aims and tasks.

The practice results are assessed in the exam, which consists of two parts: written part (practice report); oral part (practice presentation and public defense). Summative or accumulative assessment (rating).

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Work up an individual plan of practice; introduction of the organization of the practice and its target audience; first data collection.
2. Based on the obtained results, develop a counselling program and choose a counselling methodology.
3. If necessary, work up career development support strategy, conception, model, program development is commenced.
4. Develop counseling programs, strategies, concepts, implementation of the model in practice.
5. Individual and group consultations, career education activities, including announcement, CV, motivation letter writing.
6. Expertise of the developed career guidance strategy, conception, model, programs.
7. Re-collecting and processing data, comparing, analyzing and evaluating the results.
8. Development of recommendations.
9. Preparing of the practice report and public presentation and electronic submission 5 days before the exam.

Requirements for awarding credit points

A student will be admitted to the practice defense exam if he/she has taken into account all the conditions and has met all the requirements of the practice as evidenced by:
• a report submitted electronically and successfully evaluated in a timely manner (5 days before the exam);
• a written positive feedback from the head of the organization's practice manager (mentor) on the advisory and research carried out;
• positive self-assessment;
• positive evaluation by practice mentor;
• public defense of the practice report and the reflection of the experience of their professional experience, using the prepared presentation.
The final summation rating or cumulative assessment is obtained in the exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Each student, in accordance with the requirements of practice, sets up his own individual practice plan, which corresponds to the chosen research direction and the topic of the research and counseling work objectives and tasks.
The individual practice plan is coordinated and approved by the study course lecturer at the university and the mentor in the practice base organization.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

• The content of the individual practice plan: research and counselling structure (stages and content) and its logic.
• Coherence, complexity and originality of research and advisory activities conducted.
• Structure, content, volume, attachments of the practice report;
• Technical design and content of the presentation.
• Student's research and consulting competence, as well as the expressed opinion during defense and discussion.
• Practice mentor feedback on student performance during practice.

Compulsory reading

1. Cohen-Scali V, Rossier J., Nota L. (Eds.). New Perspectives in Career Counseling and Guidance in Europe. Cham (Switzerland): Springer International Publishing AG, 2018. 2. Collin A., Patton W. (Eds.). Vocational Psychological and Organisational Perspectives on Career. Towards a Multidisciplinary Dialogue. The Netherlands, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2009. Pieejams 3. Geske A., Grīnfelds A. Izglītības pētniecība. Rīga: LU, 2006. 4. Kroplijs A., Raščevska M. Kvalitatīvie pētījumi. Rīga: RaKa, 2004. 5. McIlveen P., Midgley W. A semantic and pragmatic analysis of career adaptability. In: Exploring new horizons in career counselling: Turning challenges into opportunities. K. Maree, A. Di Fabio (Eds.). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2015, pp. 235-247. Pieejams: 6. Paura L., Arhipova I. Neparametriskās metodes. SPSS datorprogramma. Jelgava: LLKC, 2002. 7. Raizs Ļ. Matemātiskās metodes sociālajās zinātnēs. Rīga: RaKa, 2000. 8. Raščevska M. Psiholoģisko testu un aptauju konstruēšana un adaptācija. Rīga: RaKa, 2005. 9. Raščevska M., Kristapsone S. Statistika psiholoģijas pētījumos. Rīga: SIA Izglītības soļi, 2000. 10. Соломин И.Л. Современные методы психологической экспресс-диагностики и профессионального консультирования. Москва: Издательство: Речь, 2006. 11. Зеер Э.Ф. Психология профессий. Москва: Академический Проект; Фонд «Мир», 2005. 12. Зеер Э. Ф., Рудей О. А. Психология профессионального самоопределения в ранней юности. Москва-Воронеж: Издательство Московского психолого-оциального института. Издательство НПО «МОДЭК», 2008. Pieejams

Further reading

1. Arhipova I., Bāliņa S. Statistika ekonomikā un biznesā. Risinājumi ar SPSS un MS Excel. Rīga: Datorzinību centrs, 2006. 2. Brown S.D., Lent R.W. Career Development and Counseling. Putting Theory and Research to Work. John Wiley& Sons, Inc., 2005. 3. Raizs Ļ. Matemātiskās metodes sociālajās zinātnēs. Rīga: RaKa, 2000.

Periodicals and other sources

1. The Online Journal of Counseling and Education. ISSN 2146-8192. Pieejams:
2. Journal of Counseling & Development. Online ISSN: 1556-6676. Pieejams:
3. Nacionālā izglītības iespēju datu bāze. Pieejams:
4. Nodarbinātības Valsts aģentūra. Labklājības ministrija. Pieejams:
5. Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra. Pieejams:


Study Course (12.0 ECTS) in Professional Higher Education Master's Study Program "Career Counselor" (full time: 4th semester).