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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Corporate Governance
Module Code AC405
School DCUBS

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Level 3 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of Anglo-American corporate governance and the Irish corporate governance system with a specific emphasis on listed public companies. It thus provides a framework for analysing how different stakeholders, both internally and externally, influence the behaviour of actors within a listed public company

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1)Identify and explain the main themes, perspectives and issues in the area of corporate governance.

2)Describe the role and the development of corporate governance, particularly the Anglo-American model.

3)Describe and appraise corporate governance in Ireland as well as differentiate between international differences in systems of corporate governance.

4)Discuss in an informed way the development of corporate governance structures.

5)Analyse and discuss the influence of different stakeholders on the behaviour of actors within a listed public company.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 22
Independent Learning Time 53

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

· Introduction to Corporate Governance

· The historical development of the Anglo-American system of corporate governance

· The Irish Corporate Governance System

· Corporate governance and the market for corporate control

· The role of the Board of Directors and the Shareholders in the governance of listed public companies.

· The role of Information Providers and Information Standards in the governance of listed public companies

· The role of Government and Regulators in the governance of listed public companies

· International differences in systems of corporate governance.











Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Recommended Text:

Given the highly discursive nature of the module, suggested readings will be drawn from a variety of texts and sources.  These include:-

Solomon 'Corporate Governance and Accountability' (third edition): ISBN: 978-0-470-69509-8, Wiley.

Keasey, Thompson & Wright 'Corporate Governance: Accountability, Enterprise and International Comparisons': IBSN: 0-470-87030-3. Wiley.

Note: Additional reading material may be recommended as the year progresses.  All notes for lectures will be made available in advance of lectures.


Module Assessment

Each student will be assigned to a group and each group will prepare an original case study (2,000 words max) and analysis (3,000 words max). Each group will be assigned a specific case with a corporate governance dilemma to be analysed. The case study and analysis forms 70% of the final module mark. 

Each group of students will then present their case during the final week of the semester.  The presentation will last 15 minutes per group, followed by a 5 minute question and answer session.  the presentation on the case assignment forms 20% of the final module mark for the module.

Student participation in the case assignment and presentation is based upon a peer review system where each member of the group must rate the contribution and work of their fellow group members towards the completion of the case assignment and presentation.  This forms 5% of the final module mark for the module.

The final 5% of the module mark for AC405 is for individual student attendance at lectures throughout the semester.

Marks for AC405 will be allocated entirely on a continuous assessment basis broken down as follows:

Component                                                           Total

Group Case Studey (2,000 words)                           25%

Group Case Analysis (3,000 words)                        45%

Group Case Presentations                                         20%

Participation in Case Assignment & Presentation   5%

Individual Student Attendance                                       5%

Both the case assignment and the presentation slides must include a project submission form, signed by all group members, when submitted.  Any group member who does sign the project submission form may not be given credit.

The module will also consist of a number of seminars in which presentations will be given by guest lecturers.

Programme or List of Programmes
AFBA in Accounting & Finance
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )