Corporate Governance and Risk Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (30%) , Essay (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

Management’s understanding and ability to ensure best practice in corporate governance and risk management are seen as being of critical importance to an organisation. This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues which impinge on the way in which corporate directors and managers work, solve problems and interact with their employees, shareholders, clients, government and statutory agencies, and the community at large. The nature of governance will be examined against a background of how ethical perspectives influence decision-making. Risk management will be examined in detail given its vital role in corporate governance.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:                          

  1. examine the concept of corporate governance and the role of managers and directors in creating socially responsible organisations
  2. analyse and explain the role of corporate governance and risk management in responding to various stakeholders’ needs
  3. analyse leadership and management processes in organisations with respect to governance and policy compliance
  4. analyse the conceptual, contextual and ethical issues which bear upon corporate decision making with respect to corporate governance and risk management
  5. critically evaluate and apply different organisational approaches to corporate governance and risk management.
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Essay (20%)
  • Report — Audit Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The concept of corporate governance
2The concept of risk management
3The history of corporate governance including failures and reform
4The link to corporate responsibility and business ethics
5The law and standards as they relate to corporate governance
6The roles and responsibilities of directors, boards and committees
7Effective board meetings and other governance processes
8Enterprise risk management
9Strategic versus operational risk management
10Risk management concepts and processes
11International models of corporate governance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Corporate Governance


    ISBN: 9780198702757


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