Course Title: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW1031

City Campus

Postgraduate

615H Accounting

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009

LAW1031

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Kathy Douglas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2037

Course Coordinator Email: kathy.douglas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: GSBL, Building 13


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
 


Course Description

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to various dispute resolution processes. It will provide an introduction to the principles of dispute management and resolution used by lawyers, with particular emphasis on negotiation, mediation and litigation. Issues, such as communication techniques, conflict escalation, competitive versus cooperative approaches, and non-adversarial practice will be discussed. The course assists in the development of reflective practice and self-management.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of negotiation and dispute resolution including options such as mediation, conciliation, arbitration, collaborative law and restorative justice conferences and related ethical concerns;
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to dispute resolution and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  3. Show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with communication skill exercises and dispute resolution simulations.
  4. Demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context and reflect on and assess your own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 10% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 45%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4

Final Examination: 45%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.