ACC40100 Corporate Governance and Accountability

Academic Year 2020/2021

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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Learning Outcomes:

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

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities




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: Assessment of the corporate governance statements and policies of a group of companies (in groups) Week 5 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Preparation of a detailed governance document for the board (in groups) Week 8 n/a Graded No


Examination: End of semester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Comprehensive assessment and critique of the corporate governance practices of a company of the student's choice (in pairs) Week 12 n/a Graded No


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

On their return, groups/pairs assignments are accompanied by written comments on the strengths and weaknesses of each assignment

Name Role
Ms Roisin O'Loughlin Tutor

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