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NS5750 - Dispute Resolution: A Nursing and Midwifery Perspective

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

This subject provides the student with the opportunity to develop a project (based on the application of contemporary knowledge about alternative dispute resolution, for example, negotiation skills) which can be used to resolve disputes that occur in the health care system and which may impact upon nursing and midwifery practice and clinical outcomes for clients. The student will learn current theory and practice in Alternative Dispute Resolution in an Australian health care context. The student's learning is extended and applied to addressing disputes in the health care environment which impact on nursing and midwifery work and the ability to provide quality patient/client care. The topic is negotiated with the subject coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

  • design a clinically focused project related to alternative dispute resolution in the health care environment using evidence-based research skills;
  • further develop critical thinking, reflective and analytical skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to develop a project that addresses an identified dispute in the nursing or midwifery practice/clinical environment where alternative dispute resolution processes may be used to resolve the dispute.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.