ACCT19083 Corporate Governance And EthicsAll details in this unit profile for ACCT19083 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the underlying concepts of corporate governance, ethics and organisational citizenship which are relevant to the contemporary business environment. To do this, the unit will focus on values, philosophies, theories and models of corporate governance and ethical practice. By using a combination of case study analysis and role-play, you will develop an awareness of the role that ethical issues play in business governance and management, and develop an ability to critically analyse ethical issues that arise in business life.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Overview

  1. Written Assessment Weighting: 30%
  2. Group Discussion Weighting: 10%
  3. Written Assessment Weighting: 40%
  4. Online Quiz(zes) Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

Written Assessment

Task Description

This assessment item involves a written report on a contemporary topic based on one or more of the first five modules in this unit. The specific topic will be presented for you in Moodle in Week 1. The topic will require a critique of a particular scenario through the lens of one or more theories of ethics.

In your report, you are expected to draw on a number of sources for information in your business report such as textbooks, newspapers, magazine articles and academic journals. A minimum of three academic journals should be used for your report. The CQUni library database is a good starting point. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information for academic purpose.

This assessment item is a group presentation made in front of the class during the week 12 class times. The topics available for presentation will be provided in Moodle by Week 5. The topics will be chosen from the unit content in Modules 6 & 7. A set of topics will be provided in Moodle, and groups will select just one topic.

The organisation of groups

Groups will be self-selecting and will consist of (no more than) four students each. On-campus students will have the first four weeks of term to organise themselves into groups which must be within the same class. The local lecturer will be able to help students find groups. The local lecturer will also advise the unit coordinator about the numbers of groups in their classes and the membership of each group.

Distance students will be able to liaise with the unit coordinator to help find a group. An online discussion and collaboration space for distance students will be provided in Moodle in Week 3. This will enable them to find fellow distance students willing to team up.

This assessment item is made up of two parts. Both parts are based on a case study. All questions will relate to modules 8–11.

For Part A, you are required to answer four (4) short answer questions based on a given case study. Each question will be worth 5 marks, giving a total of 20 marks for Part A.

For Part B, you are to use your research and knowledge gained from the study of this unit to make recommendations on how an organisation involved in this case study could:

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  1. design and implement an ethics program that would address the issues reported in the case, and/or
  1. apply an ethical decision-making approach to achieve better outcomes.

Part B will is worth 20 marks in total.

What will be provided for you

  1. During Week 10, the case study and a study guide will be posted on Moodle to help you prepare for your assignment questions.
  2. A MS Word template document will also be provided in Moodle in Week 10. Please use this to document to submit your responses to Part A and Part B.

Submission details

Although this is an individual written assignment, you should treat this as an exam. The due date/time provided for this assignment is absolute. No extensions will be provided and the submission facility will shut at the due date/time. All students will have the same amount of time to prepare for this assignment.

If you are unable to submit in this period through illness or because of some family emergency, you will should apply for an extension in the usual way. You will be given details of a different submission period and you will be given different questions to answer. Let me be clear, no student will have more than 5 days to research, write and submit this assignment.