ACCT19083 - Corporate Governance & Ethics
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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

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.

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  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
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  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
There was an unfair workload commitment between students in groups, due to many students not doing their fair share of the work. Student feedback. Students will be presented with a code of conduct for group work that sets out their responsibilities to the group.
Students did not want to do group work. Student feedback. Students will be advised that group work is required in this unit, and also of the work-related benefits from doing group work.
Students did not receive feedback on group assessment. Student feedback. The unit coordinator will know in future to ensure that the coordinator posts the feedback files in the group discussion areas.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the fundamental principles of business ethics and corporate governance in a range of contexts
  2. Given a case study, analyse ethical decision-making issues at the individual, group, and organisational levels
  3. Practice ethical decision-making using appropriate strategies and models in a given context
  4. Formulate solutions to ethical problems in organisations using effective ethics programs
  5. Discuss and debate business ethics in a culturally-diverse global environment
  6. Construct and defend a position for a given ethical problem based on values and knowledge of ethical behaviour across cultures.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Group Discussion  
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)        

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving            
3. Critical Thinking            
4. Information Literacy            
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Group Discussion        
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Online Quiz(zes)        

Prescribed Textbooks

Moral Issues in Business
Author/s: Shaw, William H., Barry, Vincent, Issa, Theodora, Catley, Bevan and Muntean, Donata Year: 2016
Edition: 3rd Asia-Pacific Edition Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Melbourne State: Vic
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Micorsoft Office or equivalent (wordprocessing)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorGerard Ilott (g.ilott@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

The moral dimension of business

Chapter 1
Week 2 17-07-2017

The study of ethics and its theories

Chapter 2
Week 3 24-07-2017

The nature of capitalism

Chapter 3
Week 4 31-07-2017

Corporate governance and social responsibility

Chapter 4
Week 5 07-08-2017

The morality of consumption

Chapter 5
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Individual Assessment - Report (30%) Due Friday (18 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 6 21-08-2017

Ethics and international business

Chapter 6
Week 7 28-08-2017

Business ethics and the environment

Chapter 7
Week 8 04-09-2017

The ethics of the organisation

Chapter 8

Week 9 11-09-2017

Ethics in the workplace

Chapter 9
Week 10 18-09-2017

Ethics, leadership and culture

Chapter 10
Week 11 25-09-2017

Ethical decision-making

Chapter 11
Week 12 02-10-2017

Group presentations.


Group Presentation Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Written Individual Assessment - Case Study (40%) Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Online Quiz(zes) Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 11:45 AM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Individual Assessment - Report (30%)
Task Description
This assessment item involves a written report on a contemporary topic based on one or more of 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.

You are required to answer these questions in the form of a report, in the following form:

Title page

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Introduction

Report body, with a maximum of 2,500 words

Conclusion

References

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Friday (18-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
This return date only applies to assignments submitted by the due date and time.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
You will be assessed on:
  • Quality of your scholarship (80%)
  • Quality of your English expression (10%)
  • The readability (presentation) of your report (10%).

Proper referencing is expected, and up to 5 marks may be withdrawn in penalty if instances of poor referencing are found.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission must be made by the secure upload facility in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental principles of business ethics and corporate governance in a range of contexts

2. Given a case study, analyse ethical decision-making issues at the individual, group, and organisational levels

3. Practice ethical decision-making using appropriate strategies and models in a given context

5. Discuss and debate business ethics in a culturally-diverse global environment

6. Construct and defend a position for a given ethical problem based on values and knowledge of ethical behaviour across cultures.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Group Presentation
Task Description

Group presentation

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 on Moodle by Week 5. The topics will be chosen from the unit content in Modules 6 & 7. A set of topics will be provided on 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. On-campus groups must be within the same class, and the lecturer will be able to help students find groups. The local lecturer will advise the unit coordinator of 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. Details of an online collaboration facility will be provided on Moodle, and this will be restricted to Distance students.

On-campus groups will be selected from within the same class. Distance students will be provided with a discussion and collaboration space from Week 1 to enable them to find fellow distance students willing to team up.

Presentations: when and how

On-campus presentations

Presentations will be made during class times in Week 12, although the local lecturer may choose to allow some groups to present at earlier times if this is convenient for the class.

The presentation will take no longer than 8 minutes to complete. Students will construct and use a Powerpoint presentation to accompany their presentation. All students must actively speak and present to receive marks.

Distance students' presentations

Distance students will use Zoom to make their presentation to the unit coordinator and other students during Week 12. A timetable for presentations will be published on Moodle prior to Week 12. As for on-campus students, all students in the group must be online and actively speaking and presenting in order to receive marks for the presentation. Other distance students are welcome to join the Zoom session and interact with the presenting students, but it is not mandatory to do this.

What will be provided for you on Moodle?

You will find the following made available progressively through the term:

  1. Topics (by Week 5)
  2. Online collaboration facilities (for Distance students only)
  3. Powerpoint template for use in your presentation.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
All group presentations will be made during the regular class time in Week 12. Your campus lecturer will determine the schedule of presentations.
Return Date to Students Feedback will be provided immediately after the presentation, but marks will not be published until final certification of all grades.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

How you will be assessed

There are two components to your assessment:

  1. Presentation (6 marks): You must be present and actively engaged in the scheduled presentation to earn any of these marks. Your local lecturer or tutor will assess the presentation and award marks. The marks will be allocated as:
    1. Quality of scholarship: 3 marks
    2. Quality of presentation: 3 marks.
  2. Peer assessment of your performance towards the preparation of the presentation (4 marks).

An online peer assessment facility will open up in Moodle prior to Week 12. In here you will make a reflective statement concerning your performance during the group preparation for this presentation. Your group members (peers) will assess your performance and award you a grade of between 0–4 marks. Your final grade for the peer assessment will be the average of the awarded marks.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

In class, or via the Zoom platform for Distance students.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental principles of business ethics and corporate governance in a range of contexts

2. Given a case study, analyse ethical decision-making issues at the individual, group, and organisational levels

3. Practice ethical decision-making using appropriate strategies and models in a given context

5. Discuss and debate business ethics in a culturally-diverse global environment

6. Construct and defend a position for a given ethical problem based on values and knowledge of ethical behaviour across cultures.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Individual Assessment - Case Study (40%)
Task Description

Individual written assignment

Assessment requirements

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:

  1. design and implement an ethics program that would address the issues reported in the case, and/or
  2. 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.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
The submission date and time are absolute. The submission facility will close at this time.
Return Date to Students This assessment item will be returned to students after final grades are certified. Students will be notified by email on their assessment release.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

For Part A:

  1. Your demonstrated understanding of the unit material and the ability to apply that material to the assessment question (100%).

For Part B:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the unit material and the ability to apply that material to the assessment question (80%)
  2. Effective communication: you are able to write a coherent and logical argument in support of your answers (10%)
  3. Presentation: Your assignment is formatted appropriately, and uses proper spelling, grammar and style (10%)
  4. Referencing: The appropriate referencing format is used, consistently and correctly. Up to 4 marks can be reduced from Part B for incorrect referencing.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission must be made via the online submission facility in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental principles of business ethics and corporate governance in a range of contexts

2. Given a case study, analyse ethical decision-making issues at the individual, group, and organisational levels

3. Practice ethical decision-making using appropriate strategies and models in a given context

4. Formulate solutions to ethical problems in organisations using effective ethics programs

5. Discuss and debate business ethics in a culturally-diverse global environment

6. Construct and defend a position for a given ethical problem based on values and knowledge of ethical behaviour across cultures.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

Modules 2–11 will contain short review short review quizzes. These quizzes will come online at the start of each module and remain open until 11:45pm on the Friday of Review/Exam Week. They will not be re-opened.

Each Module's Review Quiz will equate to 2 marks, or 2% of total assessment.

Number of Quizzes 10
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:45 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Results are made available as soon as the test is submitted.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each question is worth 0.5% of the overall unit assessment. There may be a mixture of question types.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental principles of business ethics and corporate governance in a range of contexts

4. Formulate solutions to ethical problems in organisations using effective ethics programs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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