• Offered by Research School of Accounting
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Specialist
    Transitional
  • Course subject Business
  • Areas of interest Accounting, Commerce
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gregory Shailer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course has two elements: (1) it examines the principles and practice of corporate governance, and provides a framework for analysing issues in the governance of corporations; and (2) it examines key areas of research in corporate governance.

The first element provides a framework for analysing issues in the governance of corporations derived from a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and issues associated with corporate governance practices and mechanisms. This is achieved by examining the nature of corporations and their environments, and the concepts, principles and practices of corporate governance. This examination is based on a public interest perspective of corporations. Topics explore the complex interactive roles of various stakeholders in corporate governance, with some emphasis shareholders, directors and management. Attention is also given the regulation of corporations and to selected international corporate governance issues.w developments in management accounting knowledge and techniques and how to assess these through cost-benefit analysis. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the purpose and nature of corporations.
  2. Evaluate different stakeholders’ roles and significance in relation to corporate governance.
  3. Explain the importance of regulation, markets and information in corporate governance.
  4. International differences and similarities in relevant institutions and developments.
  5. Critically assess governance concerns for individual corporations and their stakeholders.
  6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of corporate governance research. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Class participation and presentations - 10%
  • Case studies and critiques - 40%
  • Essay/Project - 20%
  • Examination - 30%

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Workload

Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 12 hours a week (including non-teaching weeks) to completing the work. This will include attending classes, course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Students in this course attend BUSN7045 (3 hours) plus a 1-hour seminar per week. Students do not enrol in BUSN7045. In addition to the reading and preparation prescribed for BUSN7045, there are prescribed readings and key issues that are to do addressed each week. In addition to participating in general discussion, each student is required to lead the class discussion for assigned discussion questions. The reading load is typically the equivalent of 2-4 journal papers per week in addition to the BUSN7045 reading load.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed BUSN7045

Prescribed Texts

This course is based on the critical analysis of published research in addition to materials prescribed for BUSN7045

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students familiar with basic corporate structures, concepts of accountability and control, the general form and content of corporate finance reports, and the general nature and functioning of financial markets. Students are expected to have completed or be enrolled in a basic research training course equivalent to honours (e.g. BUSN8013).

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5130
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4494 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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