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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: Introduction to Corporate Governance and Directors Roles and Responsibilities

Topic 2: Corporate Ownership, Power, Performance and Accountability

Topic 3: Board Knowledge, Committee Structure and Codes of Conduct

Topic 4: Board Review and Development and Corporate Strategy and Performance Measurement

Topic 5: Corporate Governance in the Global Business Environment and in Diverse Organisational Settings

Topic 6: Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

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

  • Solomon, J, 2013, Corporate Governance and Accountability, 4th edn, Wiley, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9781118449103.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.