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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 practices, regulations and guidelines. The abuses and excesses in global financial markets and the exponential growth of institutional investors have transformed the roles of shareholders, managers, and directors of publicly held companies. This unit critically analyses how modern corporate governance has evolved, the trends and changes taking place and the likely impact of those changes. Students develop skills in solving advanced and emerging corporate governance problems and communicating this information in organisations.

Unit content

Topic 1 Corporate Governance: An Introduction

Topic 2 The Difference between Governance and Management

Topic 3 The Governance Partnership

Topic 4 Regulations and Models of Corporate Governance

Topic 5 Board Functions

Topic 6 Corporate Risk and Social Responsibility

Topic 7 The Governance of Listed and Private Companies and Entities

Topic 8 Corporate Governance around the World

Topic 9 Board Membership

Topic 10 Board Leadership and Activities

Topic 11 Making a Board Effective

Topic 12 Evaluation of the Board’s Performance

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Cultural competence
2 Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Cultural competence
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 Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Cultural competence
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 Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Cultural competence

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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Tricker, R, 2015, Corporate Governance: Principles, Policies and Practices, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, UK. ISBN: 9780198702757.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.