ACCTING 3504 - Corporate Governance & Accountability III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The importance of corporate governance became dramatically clear at the beginning of the twenty-first century as a series of corporate meltdowns from managerial fraud, misconduct, and negligence caused a massive loss of shareholder wealth. This course introduces students how a company is directed and controlled and, in particular, with the role of the directorate and the need to ensure that there is an effective framework for accountability of directors to owners, and provides a full discussion of corporate governance issues taking the broadest view of the corporate governance agenda, including both theory and practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 3504
    Course Corporate Governance & Accountability III
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ACCTING 2500 & ACCTING 2501
    Restrictions Only available as a 3rd year elective
    Course Description The importance of corporate governance became dramatically clear at the beginning of the twenty-first century as a series of corporate meltdowns from managerial fraud, misconduct, and negligence caused a massive loss of shareholder wealth.
    This course introduces students how a company is directed and controlled and, in particular, with the role of the directorate and the need to ensure that there is an effective framework for accountability of directors to owners, and provides a full discussion of corporate governance issues taking the broadest view of the corporate governance agenda, including both theory and practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr George Shan

    Dr George Shan
    Room 13.07, 10 Pulteney Street
    Tel: 8313 6456
    Email: george.shan@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Week Date Topic Reading Tutorial Questions
    1 28 July Financial market, financial reports & corporate governance Rezaee Chapter 1 Rezaee Chpt 1-RQs: 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 & 19; DQ: 5
    2 4 August Fundamentals of corporate governance Rezaee Chapter2; Solomon Chapters 1 (pp. 8-20) & 3; Psaros Chapter 3 Rezaee Chpts 2-DQs: 1, 2 & 12; Psaros Chpt 3: 1 & 9
    3 11 August Corporate accountability Psaros Chapter 2 Psaros Chpt 2: 1, 2, 3 & 7
    4 18 August Roles and responsibilities of board of directors and board committee Razaee Chapters 4 & 5 Rezaee Chpt 4-RQs: 8 & 11;DQ: 9; Rezaee Chpt 5-RQ: 12; DQ:4
    5 25 August Roles and responsibilities of management Rezaee Chapter 6 Rezaee Chpt 6-RQ: 9; DQs: 2, 3, 5 & 7
    6 1 Sept Roles and responsibilities of regulators and standard setters Rezaee Chapter 7 Rezaee Chpt 7-RQs: 3 & 9; DQs: 3, 4 & 7
    7 8 Sept Roles and responsibilities of gatekeepers Rezaee Chapters 8 & 9 Rezaee Chpt 8-RQ: 7; DQs: 2 & 6; Rezaee Chpt 9-RQ: 1; DQs: 4 & 7
    8 15 Sept Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders Rezaee Chapters 10 & 11 Rezaee Chpt 10-RQs: 2 & 6; DQ: 8; Rezaee Chpt 11-RQs: 1 & 2
    9 6 Oct Technology and corporate governance Rezaee Chapter 12 Rezaee Chpt 12-RQs: 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7; DQs: 1 & 2
    10 13 Oct Corporate governance in transition Rezaee Chapter 14; Solomon Chapter 7 Rezaee Chpt 14-RQs: 1 & 2; DQs: 1 & 6
    11 20 Oct Emerging issues in corporate governance Rezaee Chapter 15 Rezaee Chpt 15-RQ: 5; DQs: 1, 6 & 7
    12 28 Oct Exam review
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Knowledge and Understanding
    This course introduces students how a company is directed and controlled and, in particular, with the role of the directorate and the need to ensure that there is an effective framework for accountability of directors to owners, and provides a full discussion of corporate governance issues taking the broadest view of the corporate governance agenda, including both theory and practice.

    2. Learning Outcomes
    2.1 Introduction of financial markets, financial reports & corporate governance
    2.2 Fundamentals of corporate governance
    2.3 Corporate accountability
    2.4 Roles and responsibilities of board of directors and board committee
    2.5 Roles and responsibilities of management
    2.6 Roles and responsibilities of regulators and standard setters
    2.7 Roles and responsibilities of gatekeepers
    2.8 Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders
    2.9 Corporate governance in private and not-for profit organizations (NPOs)
    2.10 Corporate governance in transition
    2.11 Emerging Issues in corporate governance

    3. Communication Skills
    The continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills is important for Commerce graduates. This course seeks to develop students’ abilities to:
    3.1 Examine diverse sources of information and identify which components of that information are relevant to the decision to be taken.
    3.2 Present information pertaining to corporate governance and its relevant practice.
    3.3 Identify and discuss relevant information in a group setting.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 & 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2 & 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 & 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3.3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 3.2 & 3.3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2 & 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2 & 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Rezaee, Z. (2009). Corporate Governance and Ethics, Danvers, MA, Wiley.
    Recommended Resources
    1. Psaros, J. (2009). Australian Corporate Governance: A Review and Analysis of Key Issues, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Pearson.
    2. Solomon, J. (2010). Corporate Governance and Accountability, 3rd ed., Chichester, West Sussex, Wiley.
    Online Learning
    Course website link: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught through seminars
    • Lectures – to provide an outline of work to be covered.
    • Tutorials/Workshops – to give opportunity for reflection on and the application of materials covered in lectures and assignments and to discuss issues relating to course matter.
    • Presentation/Individual assignment – to provide an in-depth analysis of particular issues requiring critical thinking, self researching, problem solving, as well to enhance team work, social skills and verbal/written communication skills.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is provided in internal mode and contains:
    • 3 hours seminar per week for 12 weeks

    The University expects full-time students (i.e., those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials/workshops throughout the semester.

    Please refer to Access Adelaide for your timetable and enrolment details:
    www.adelaide.edu.au/access/

    Tutorials/workshops are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials/workshop by regularly and actively participating in discussions/presentations are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Due Date  & Time Weighting Rlated Learning Outcome
    Attendance Weeks 1-12 5% -
    Tutorial Participation Weeks 1-12 5% 1, 2 & 3
    Group Presentation Weeks 4-12 20% 1, 2 & 3
    Individual Assignment Tuesday 6 Oct 20% 1, 2 & 3
    Final Exam (3 hours closed book) TBA 50% 1, 2 & 3
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • In order to pass this course students must achieve an overall minimum grade of 50% as well as at least 45% in the final exam.
    • Any written assignment must be presented using the appropriate Microsoft program, i.e., MSWord, Excel, etc.
    • Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
    • Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the examination
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details are provided separately.
    Submission
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Please must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All individual assignments must be attached to an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by the student before submission. Lecturers will withhold student’s results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
    • All group presentations/assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/learning_guides/ 

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations, writing a literature review, etc. In preparing any written piece of assessment it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer-in-charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 10% mark reduction for each day that it is late. 

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from either their tutorials or lectures. If assignments aren’t collected after two (2) weeks, the assignments will be available at the Student Hub for two (2) weeks. The remaining assignments will only be posted out to the students, if the correct mailing addresses are on the assignments.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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