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LAWS77-804: Family Dispute Resolution 2 January 2019 [Intensive]

General information

Family Dispute Resolution 2 is the final subject in the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution, consolidating the content and learning across the program and enabling transition to practice. Family dispute resolution is a complex area of professional practice, requiring high level knowledge, skills and strategies to work effectively with families in conflict. This subject places emphasis on practical family dispute resolution skills by having students take part in complex simulations and clinical practice. Students will demonstrate family dispute resolution practices necessary to manage a range of challenging scenarios within the context of post separation parental conflict.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS77-804
Subject title:Family Dispute Resolution 2
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x4 (Total hours: 36) - Seminars (Week 11)
  • Work-based Training: x5 (Total hours: 20) - Students will be required to complete 20 hours of supervised FDR clinical placement in the Bond FDR Clinic.
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 64) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students will demonstrate family dispute resolution practices necessary to manage a range of challenging scenarios within the context of post separation parental conflict.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Faculty approval is required. Students must be admitted into LA-43057 Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution OR a Masters Law degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate dispute resolution skills and strategies in response to a range of complex post separation parenting issues and situations.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge in clinical and workplace family dispute resolution practice.
  3. Critically evaluate self-practice as a supervised family dispute resolution practitioner.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Roleplay Activity ^ Students will be required to complete 30 hours of simulated FDR practice supervised by FDR Assessors. 40% In Consultation 1, 2.
Presentation Students will be required to complete a 3 minute presentation on an approved topic relevant to the FDR process 10% In Consultation 2, 3.
Journal-Learning Log Students will be required to complete a learning journal detailing their experiences in clinical practice. 10% In Consultation 2, 3.
Completion of Experience ^ Students are required to complete 20 hours of supervised FDR clinical placement in the Bond FDR Clinic. 40% To Be Negotiated 1, 2.

Pass requirement

Students are required to attend the 30-hour Family Dispute Resolution Clinical Training Course which is held over 3 ½ days. Upon completion of the simulation short course, students will be required to complete 20 hours of supervised FDR clinical placement in the Bond FDR Clinic.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

Pass Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

As the Bond FDR clinic operates only on Saturdays, there are limited places available. The Bond DRC will work with participants to ensure their supervised FDR hours are completed as quickly as possible but please bear in mind your required hours may be scheduled over several weeks.

Subject curriculum

• Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context • Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution • Operate in a family law environment • Work with a child-focused approach • Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work • Support the safety of vulnerable parties in family dispute resolution

Approved on: Nov 9, 2018. Edition: 1.5
Last updated: Dec 17, 2018.