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MN50463: Corporate governance

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The aim of the unit is to provide a broad introduction to corporate governance with legal, accounting, financial and economic dimensions.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
1) understand the theoretical basis of the principles and development of corporate governance;
2) describe the development of international regulation in the area;
3) evaluate the role of the board, institutions, debtholders and the market for corporate control as monitors of management;
4) discuss the conflicting issues arising from managerial incentive plans;
5) critically describe the events at Enron and the subsequent regulatory reactions in the US and UK;
6) discuss issues relating to corporate social responsibility.

Skills: Analytical skills: defining the exposures facing an organisation and analysing the financial consequences of the various approaches to hedging and managing risk TA.
Advocacy: being able to support an argument based on the facts and personal risk preferences TFA
Professional/practical: learning about markets and instruments TA
Key skills: analytical, numerical, organisational TFA

Content: Agency theory; regulatory environment; role of boards, investors, debt holders; executive compensation; market for corporate control; international systems of corporate governance; corporate social responsibility.

Programme availability:

MN50463 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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