EMPL3270 Negotiation: Theory and Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Resource Management; Work and Employment Relations major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Management major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the collective and individual significance of negotiation and conflict management with particular reference to employment relations. It considers theories of conflict and various approaches to conflict resolution. It also provides an introduction to negotiation as a process, including, among other topics, consideration of competitive and cooperative approaches to negotiation, social context, preparation, strategy and ethics. Students examine case studies and undertake negotiation exercises to experience the practical aspects of the subject.
Students are able to (1) develop an informed and critical understanding of negotiation and conflict management processes; (2) develop improved negotiation skills, knowledge of negotiation theory, and the ability to reflect on the actual practice of negotiation; (3) work in teams in order to develop an original case study and then to apply and test relevant concepts from the academic literature on negotiation and conflict management; (4) develop interactive and cooperative negotiation skills; (5) improve research skills; and (6) develop effective presentation and report writing skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial activities; (2) essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrzej Gwizdalski
Unit rules
any two Level 2 units in the Human Resource Management major, Management major
Work and Employment Relations major
EMPL2270 International Employment Relations
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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