MGF5630 - Principles of negotiation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Assoc Professor Peter Holland

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit provides an introduction to the principles of negotiation applied to various spheres of conflict and exchange, including work and employment relations, business and commercial conflicts, international trade and diplomacy. As well as providing an overview of key theoretical ideas, the unit draws on a wide range of bargaining exercises and simulations which allow students to place these concepts in practical negotiation situations. Topics include styles of conflict management and negotiation, negotiation strategies and situations, effective and ineffective negotiation tactics, understanding key processes and dynamics in negotiation, judgement and cognitive error in negotiations, multi-party negotiations, and the social context of negotiations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically evaluate the common characteristics of conflict in a wide range of exchange relationships
  2. evaluate theoretical foundations for effective negotiation
  3. develop practical skills through application of concepts in negotiation exercises.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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