HRMT19023 - Conflict and Negotiation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

One of the most challenging tasks confronted by university graduates working in human resources is the management of conflict and effective practice of negotiation. Accordingly, as a graduate, you will required some fundamental skills from the very start of your career. These include the ability to apply basic psychological principles when dealing with people, the ability to prepare and conduct effective negotiations, and the ability find productive solutions in conflict situations. This unit is designed to provide you with the opportunity to build upon theory from earlier units, and to acquire conflict resolution skills that will be applicable in the workplace.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: HRMT11011

In addition, a sound knowledge base demonstrated by 72 credit points (undergraduate units)

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 35%
3. Report 40%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.43% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
Further updates to assessment tasks
As noted, while minor changes to the tasks are effective at preventing contract cheating and the use of previous assessment tasks, more substantial changes should be made to the assessment tasks to ensure they remain contemporary.
Action Taken
Changes were made to the way assessment tasks were explained to students, and some processes followed for assessment two. There were no academic integrity issues noted in recent terms, so this issue appears to be managed effectively in this unit.
Source: Student feedback
Maintain module structure
Student feedback has indicated that students find the module structure of the unit logical and easy to follow, so this structure should be maintained for subsequent offerings of the unit.
Action Taken
The module structure has been used in each offering of the unit, and continues to work successfully.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Some content relating to contemporary employment relations needs to be updated
Update content that is no longer up to date.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection and discipline meeting discussion
Assessment items are effectively minimising the impact of academic integrity issues
Maintain assessment structures that require student reflection and interaction that cannot be readily assisted by external parties or AI.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the theory underpinning effective communication in an organisational environment
  2. Apply basic psychological principles of communication to workplace situations such as interviews, consultations, negotiations, and meetings
  3. Analyse the theory underpinning successful negotiation
  4. Use effective techniques to plan, prepare, and conduct negotiations
  5. Analyse the theory underpinning conflict resolution in the workplace
  6. Apply basic conflict resolution techniques and principles in practical scenarios

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Report