ICM270-Corporate Governance and Accountability

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Deepa Govindarajan Driver

Email: d.govindarajan@icmacentre.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The objective of the module is to introduce students to the concept of corporate governance, to explain how governance varies around the world and to explore the potential and actual relationships between corporate governance and performance.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Appreciate how a range of internal and external governance mechanisms may substitute for one another
  • Compare governance regimes around the world
  • Understand the issues involved in empirical testing of the relationship between governance and performance

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  • Internal and external governance mechanisms
  • Shareholders
  • Stakeholders
  • The board of directors
  • Remuneration
  • The market for corporate control
  • Regulation
  • Communication and financial transparency
  • Governance in emerging markets

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Full Time: The core theory and concepts will be presented during classroom lectures. Relevant allied theoretical and practical issues will be discussed in seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 2
Seminars 8 1
Guided independent study 171
Total hours by term 197.00 3.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 90
Report 10

Other information on summative assessment:
The written assignment is an essay of approximately 3000 words.
The report is based on critical analysis typically related to a practical example or case.

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly written and/or verbal contributions to lectures and seminars.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable

Requirements for a pass:
50% weighted average mark

Reassessment arrangements:
By resubmission of the essays, as part of the overall reassessment arrangements for the MSc programme.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: Corporate Governance ISBN 9780230229990 £38.99.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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