ACC4056 : Corporate Governance and Ethics

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be taught mainly in interactive lecture stlye classes which will be supplemented by small group sessions

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.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

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