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LAW8719 Accredited General Mediation

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Accredited General Mediation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090999 - Law not elsewhere classified
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Linda Kochanski

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Mediation is a common form of dispute resolution. Accredited General Mediation aims to assist graduate students to develop the advanced knowledge, skills and competencies required to undertake mediations in areas other than family dispute resolution in which children are involved. Students will develop advanced knowledge of mediation processes and the role of mediators, and the communication skills and capabilities needed to undertake mediations. This course offers two streams. Stream A is for Masters coursework in which students will gain knowledge concerning mediation processes and do research on related topics. A second stream B is optional for students to select at the commencement of the course (via the StudyDesk). This stream B will provides theenable necessary training tostudents to also assist graduate students to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards (NMAS). The course is available in the Master of Laws, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws Honours.

Synopsis

Accredited General Mediation examines the steps of mediation, different models of mediation, the role of the mediator, ethics and values in mediation, and communication skills and techniques required for the conduct of mediations. This includes the necessary training to assist students to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards (NMAS) and enable progression to register with an Australian Recognised Mediator Body. It is delivered through three intensives that can occur online or via face-to-face classes that involve role-plays and potentially mediator assessment before a panel of assessors. Stream A will only need to attend Intensive A. Stream B will need to attend all three intensives.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. articulate specialised knowledge, skills and ethical principles articulated in the NMAS ''Approval and Practice Standards July 2015'
  2. discuss and demonstrate the steps of mediation, different models of mediation, the role of the mediator, ethics and values in mediation, and communication skills and techniques to a professional standard
  3. demonstrate through communication and research an integrated understanding and ability to analyse critically and reflect on aspects of mediation practice
  4. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in the mediation process.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Mediation 20.00
2. NMAS Practice Standards requirements 10.00
3. Conflict, communication skills and techniques 20.00
4. Ethics and values in mediation 15.00
5. Research application applicable to Stream A OR role-playing applicable to Stream B. 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=03&subject1=LAW8719)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Boulle, L & Alexander, N 2012, Mediation: Skills and Techniques, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
This will be advised via the StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 55.00
Private Study 65.00
Workshop Intensives 45.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 40 40 16 Dec 2019
ASSESSMENT 2 60 60 22 Jan 2020 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. Stream A will write a research paper worth 60%. Stream B will complete two simulated mediation assessments at Intensive 3 worth 60%

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    All students will be required to attend Intensive A. Stream B students will be required to attend all three intensives – A, B and ,C. The Intensive attendance can be via online or face-to- face. .There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, iIt It is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Students must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian.