Syllabus for NEG-731
Negotiation is a critical skill for leadership and management, as well as for daily life. Negotiations will examine the major concepts and theories of bargaining and negotiation as well as the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and its resolution. The course will explore the nature of negotiation and the importance of strategizing and planning for negotiation in the context of both distributive bargaining and integrative negotiation. Additionally the course will cover negotiation sub-processes including communication, perception, biases, social contexts, multiparty negotiations, individual differences, global negotiation, and identifying or creating leverage. Finally, the course will examine the key concepts of outcomes, dispute resolution, and remedies.
Students will participate in a group negotiation project, and each student will complete a personal Best Practices Manual for Negotiation as a final project for the course. This manual will provide a practical framework for approaching business and personal negotiation.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Lewicki, R.J., Barry, B., and Saunders, D.M. (2011). Essentials of Negotiation, 5th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin).
Negotiations is a three-credit online course, consisting of eight (8) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, attend three synchronous events and complete a final project. See below for details.
You will find Evaluation Rubrics for the discussion forums, cumulative midterm assignment, and final project in the Evaluation Rubrics area of the course site.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
You are required to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.
You are required to complete a cumulative midterm written assignment within module 5.
Synchronous events will be held during modules 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the semester. Students will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority.
Students will be organized into teams and will prepare for and conduct a live negotiation.
*Mentors instructions for this activity are available in the instructor's resources area of the course website.
You will work throughout the term to create a personal “Best Practices for Negotiation Manual” that will serve as your final project. This final project will require you to apply the knowledge you have gained in a 2,000- to 2,500-word report (8 to 10 pages which typical font and spacing) outlining and analyzing best practices in bargaining and negotiation.
A fuller description of the final project is available in the Final Project section of the course Web site.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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