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The unit introduces students to corporate governance - one of the most important developments in business. The abuses and excesses of the takeover era and the exponential growth of the institutional investor have transformed the roles of shareholders, managers, and directors of publicly held companies. This unit explains how modern corporate governance has evolved, the trends and changes taking place and the likely impact of those changes. Students will be assisted to develop skills in applying techniques for effective corporate governance. In this unit, you will study:

  • Topic 1: Introduction to Corporate Governance and Directors Roles and Responsibilities
  • Topic 2: Corporate Ownership, Power, Performance and Accountability
  • Topic 3: Board Knowledge, Committee Structure and Codes of Conduct
  • Topic 4: Board Review and Development and Corporate Strategy and Performance Measurement
  • Topic 5: Corporate Governance in the Global Business Environment and in Diverse Organisational Settings
  • Topic 6: Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Learning outcomes

  • Integrate advanced theoretical corporate governance knowledge across a range of business disciplines drawing examples from internationally significant business cases.
  • Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to exercise judgement under minimal supervision or solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.
  • Justify and communicate corporate governance advice, guidance and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both professionals and non-professionals in the corporate governance field.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Case study: 30%
  • Case study: 30%
  • Case study: 40%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management or Master of Project Management. Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.