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LAWS11068 Resolving Civil Disputes (ADR)
Resolving Civil Disputes (ADR)
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General Information


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) examines the theory and application of procedures for the resolution of disputes as an alternative to a judicial process. In this unit you will examine ADR methods such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration and theoretical developments such as Collaborative Law. You will develop basic skills in listening, negotiation and mediation. You will also explore how to design ADR approaches suitable to help resolve client disputes, quickly, at minimal cost and consistent with the principles of access to justice.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: LAWS11057 Introduction to Law.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from In class/emails


The "Negotiation" assessment provided an opportunity to practise an important skill in dispute resolution.


The unit should continue to have the "Negotiation" assessment as an interactive exercise that allows students to engage in ADR activities to supplement theory.

Feedback from Student evaluation


Excellent and enjoyable tutorials


The tutorials, which use problem-based scenarios, have been found by students to be helpful, enriching and enjoyable to engage with and should continue to be used.

Feedback from In class/emails


The number of readings is manageable.


The prescribed textbook is sufficient for students to develop a strong understanding of ADR. Hence, supplementary readings can continue to be kept to a minimum.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the range and operation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and their relationship with litigation
  2. Demonstrate skills in listening, negotiation, and mediation together with the ability to design ADR processes and drafting appropriate documents to support an ethical dispute resolution design
  3. Research, critique and evaluate the ADR literature to assist with determining appropriate ADR processes in a given fact situation
  4. Outline the basic theoretical principles of dispute resolution systems and how to apply them to manage conflicts
  5. Gain and discuss an appreciation of the ADR processes of International Commercial Arbitration or Australian First Nations People.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Principles of Dispute Resolution

Third Edition (2020)
Authors: David Spencer
Thomson Reuters
Pyrmont Pyrmont , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455244167
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

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