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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • 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 study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%

New Zealand - MIT

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%

Papua New Guinea - Air Niugini

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%

Singapore - MDIS

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%

Sydney

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion Board ParticipationSR
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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