Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

ACC40100 Corporate Governance and Accountability

The objective of this course is to introduce students to all major aspects of corporate governance. Students will be given an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, regulatory framework and best practice underlying corporate governance. Corporate governance principles and the application of those principles in practical situations will also be dealt with.

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After completing this course, student should be able to:
1. Appreciate corporate governance in an overall business context, including origins, definitions, and mechanisms- Understand the theories and principles behind corporate governance regulations;
2. Understand developments in corporate governance internationally and in the UK/Ireland- Compare and contrast alternative corporate governance approaches internationally- Understand the role of boards, individual directors and management in companies;
3. Appreciate best practice in relation to the operation of boards and board sub-committees 
Item Workload


Specified Learning Activities




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Continuous Assessment: Assessment of the corporate governance statements and policies of a group of companies (in groups)


Throughout the Trimester
Continuous Assessment: Comprehensive assessment and critique of the corporate governance practices of a company of the student's choice (in pairs)


Throughout the Trimester
Continuous Assessment: Preparation of a detailed governance document for the board (in groups)


Throughout the Trimester
Examination: End of semester examination


2 hour End of Trimester Exam


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible

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