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CMDR 1300 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Workplace Dispute Resolution
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Specific skills necessary for managing and preventing workplace disputes. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1303 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Counseling Theories and Skills
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Theory and skill training in counseling and interviewing for the dispute resolution professional. Emphasizes interviewing clients effectively and focusing on problem identification and resolution. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Current Issues and Trends
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examines current trends and issues in the field of conflict resolution and conflict management. Introduces methods for understanding and effectively responding to contemporary changes and challenges. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Conflict Dynamics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Foundation course in the field of dispute resolution. Includes negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Examines the nature of disputes and the multiple arenas in which conflict occurs. Also provides an overview of professional opportunities in dispute resolution studies. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1312 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Special characteristics of conflict based on religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity. Emphasizes cross-cultural negotiations and mediations. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1315 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Divorce Mediation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examines the issues involved in a divorce and meets the Texas training requirement in divorce mediation. Includes child custody, support, and property. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1318 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Mediation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The process of mediation, its history and development, and theories of conflict resolution and negotiation. Fulfills the requirements of Senate Bill 1436 for mediation training in Texas. Includes methods for successful third-party neutrality. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Negotiation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Techniques necessary to break impasse and reach agreement. Includes methods for creating an atmosphere that fosters negotiation, conducting difficult conversations; and mediating "win-win" situations. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 1324 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Texas Family Code in Dispute Resolution
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Surveys the Texas Family Code with particular emphasis on adoption, divorce, paternity, custody, and child care. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2164 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Business/Commerce, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: CMDR 1318, CMDR 1321.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (112 Ext.)


CMDR 2303 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This particular process in the field of Dispute Resolution teaches neutral third parties the discipline to hear and render decisions. Arbitration is intended to avoid the formalities, delay, expense, and uncertainty involved in ordinary litigation. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Ethics for Conflict Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of ethical and legal issues and principles of professional ethical practice in the mediation and conflict management field. Topics include ethics, standards of conduct, confidentiality, impartiality, self-determination, and unauthorized practice of law. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2353 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Advanced Negotiation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Theory and techniques of negotiation. Includes analysis of the negotiation process from various perspectives. Emphasizes the preparatory activities and stages of negotiation, including reching and implementing an agreement. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2356 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Advanced Mediation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skills and techniques required by Mediators. Includes planning, precautionary, and troubleshooting methods required in practice. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2359 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Advanced Conflict Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Capstone experience that examines the process of becoming a professional conflict specialist in multiple settings. Includes consulting and working with advocates, corporations, organizations, communities, and nations on both specific and broad conflict issues. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2370 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Law for Mediators
This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: This course is designed to impart fundamental knowledge about the litigation process and teach practical skills professionals need to effectively participate in mediations, arbitrations, negotiations, and dispute resolution system design. The focus will be on Texas Civil Procedure, legal reasoning and research, torts, contracts, criminal, and constitutional law. Students will receive a primer on materials and tools used by judges and lawyers to interpret the law so they can evaluate the merits of a legal dispute and better serve parties involved in litigation. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2371 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Dispute Resolution System Design
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: CMDR 1318, CMDR 1321.
Course Description: Repeated organizational disputes lead to inefficiencies and a higher level of discord in many types of organizations including the workplace, homeowner associations, religious organizations, educational institutions, government, and many others. This course helps students learn effective dispute resolution strategies and skills to design systems that offer constructive approaches to managing organizational conflicts and using them to maximize creativity organizational development. Students will examine existing dispute resolution systems, identify important decision points, create new dispute resolution systems, or improve existing systems. Lecture, case studies, and experiential activities will expose the student to opportunities for designing dispute resolution systems. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2372 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Dispute Resolution in Education
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: CMDR 1318, CMDR 1321, or Instructor approval.
Course Description: This course provides students with knowledge, skills, and strategies essential to apply the best theory and practices of conflict management in an education setting and with youth. Through lecture, discussion, and role-plays, participants will gain greater understanding, knowledge, and skills for resolving conflict in education, including implementing peer mediation programs. The use and abuse of social media and technology's impact on youths and conflict are also included in the course. Participants are introduced to the underlying models and practical skills involving mediation and conflict resolution in an educational setting. (3 Lec.)


CMDR 2373 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Online Dispute Resolution
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: CMDR 1318, CMDR 1321.
Course Description: Online activity, cross boundary transactions, and the increased use of technology have created a new forum for conflict and new needs for dispute resolution professionals. This course examines the development of online dispute resolution, the challenges it poses to neutrals and system designers, and looks at the major providers, administrative agencies, and international organizations currently involved. Lecture, research, and the use of online tools will introduce students to available resources to aid the dispute resolution professional. Students will be introduced to state of the art online tools, conduct cross-boundary negotiations, and draft settlement agreements using available technology. (3 Lec.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.