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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

The unit introduces students to corporate governance - one of the most important developments in business. The abuses and excesses of the takeover era and the exponential growth of the institutional investor have transformed the roles of shareholders, managers, and directors of publicly held companies. This unit explains how modern corporate governance has evolved, the trends and changes taking place and the likely impact of those changes. Students will be assisted to develop skills in applying techniques for effective corporate governance.

Unit content

Topic 1 The evolution of modern corporate governance

Topic 2 Company structure, the roles and responsibilities of directors and the board

Topic 3 Shareholders, stakeholders and ownership structures

Topic 4 Acting unethically: The anatomy of failure - Enron and HIH

Topic 5 Board knowledge and the importance of codes of ethics

Topic 6 A framework for board activities, board and committee structures

Topic 7 Board styles, board review and appraisal, and board development

Topic 8 Strategy formulation, policy making and measuring management performance

Topic 9 Government, not-for-profit, SMEs and corporate governance globally

Topic 10 Corporate social responsibility and global corporate behaviour

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Integrate advanced theoretical corporate governance knowledge across a range of business disciplines drawing examples from internationally significant business cases
2 Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems
3 Demonstrate the capacity to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
4 Justify and communicate corporate governance advice, guidance and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both professionals and non-professionals in the corporate governance field

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced theoretical corporate governance knowledge across a range of business disciplines drawing examples from internationally significant business cases
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  2. Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. Justify and communicate corporate governance advice, guidance and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both professionals and non-professionals in the corporate governance field
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • New Edition: Solomon, J, 2013, Corporate Governance and Accountability, 4th edn, Wiley, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-118-44910-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.