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ACC4056 : Corporate Governance and Ethics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Amy Thompson
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to equip students with an understanding of the important themes in corporate governance and ethics. The syllabus covers a number of interconnected topics that underpin these themes including risk and internal controls. The subjects covered have become increasingly important as public confidence in business has dropped and as professional bodies have included governance and ethics as core learning outcomes for their members.

Outline Of Syllabus

Corporate governance including the ‘agency problem’, the roles of directors, boards, committee structures, regulatory and legal constraints, accountability and reporting. The importance of risk assessment and management are covered as themes within corporate governance. Corporate and professional ethics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:006 x 1hr seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities182:0036:00non synchronous guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery180:309:00Live discussion board
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Introduction lecture, drop in and mock debrief (whole group)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key concepts and theories relating to Corporate Governance and Ethics will be explained in online lectures. Seminars and discussion boards will allow for application of the material covered to case studies. Students will develop their understanding of the 'real life' focus of the subject during these sessions and can also track their progress. Reading is required to support the module and is essential to developing an understanding of the context of the subject matter.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Organised in house by NUBS in BAF Assessment Period.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MIn class question practice with feedback
Aural Examination2MIn class question practice with feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be formally assessed by a 3 hour written examination of six theory questions. Students will be required to attempt four questions of their choice, each of which will carry equal marks. Questions will contain elements of analysis and evaluation consistent with meeting the learning outcomes.

Reading Lists