ACC40710 Corporate Governance&EthicsSMA

Academic Year 2023/2024

Corporate failures, accounting scandals and the credit crisis have resulted in emphasing the quest for good corporate governance and ethics, revisiting and redefining roles and responsibilities of the corporation's various external and internal stakeholders.This course explores the various approaches to stakeholder relations and ethical considerations in the organisation's response to the quest for good corporate governance, emphasised for both the strategy development process and audit and control systems.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, you will be able to:
1. Identify and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on corporate governance and their practical application
2. Critically appraise developments in best practice governance (rules and principles)
3. Research and apply the myriad of information sources on corporate governance
4. Promote corporate governance themes and best practice within an employing and/or client organisation
5. Analyse and evaluate the efficacy of the corporate governance framework and/or processes within an employing and/or client organisation
6. Reflectively apply the concepts of probity and ethical standards in governance
7. Apply professional knowledge and skills to the resolution of practical ethical/corporate governance issues and problems

Indicative Module Content:

The Corporate Governance and Ethics module explores corporate governance theories, best practice principles and their application in organizational settings. It also considers the ethical dimension of corporate governance, organisations relationship with stakeholders and the importance of corporate culture to the longevity of organisations.
Knowledge will be co-constructed as students will be required to consider and critically evaluate the theoretical perspectives and best practice approaches, relating them to their own professional experience and/or general business knowledge. Apart from presenting best practice principles and their application in a general organizational setting, this module strives to integrate an ethical dimension in the decision-making processes of those governing organizations.

Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Various Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Terminal Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Eileen Jackson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 12:30 - 14:20

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