Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit aim

Introduces students to the theory, procedures and skills underpinning work in an environment in which the principles and skills of interviewing, negotiation and advocacy are applied. Discusses the ethical considerations related to the interview process. Provides students with the oral and analytical skills required in interviewing and negotiation. Explores the ethical issues related to the interview and negotiation processes.

Unit content

Module 1 - Interviewing
Topic 1: The theoretical framework
Topic 2: Interviewing analysis
Topic 3: Skills and techniques
Topic 4: Complex and challenging interviews

Module 2 - Negotiation
Topic 5: The theory of negotiation
Topic 6: The process of negotiation Part 1 – The process
Topic 7: The process of negotiation Part 2 – Skills and tactics
Topic 8: Issues in negotiation

Module 3 - Ethics
Topic 9: Ethical practice
Topic 10: Competence and care
Topic 11: Confidentiality
Topic 12: Conflict of interest

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Alexander, N, Howieson, J & Fox K, 2015, Negotiation Strategy Style Skills, 3rd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Australia.
  • This is a custom publication for SCU School of Law and Justice:, 2016, Legal Interviewing and Ethics, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Recorded Interview25%
Critical review15%
Statement of Facts10%
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hour (12 weeks)
Recorded Interview25%
Critical review15%
Statement of Facts10%
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Recorded Interview25%
Critical review15%
Statement of Facts10%
Exam: open book50%

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