Course Title: Ethics and Governance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ethics and Governance

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17


Shanghai Uni of Int Bus & Econ


630H Management


Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12


Universitas Pelita Harapan


630H Management


Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet2 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Warren Staples

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255964

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus 80.09.58

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on key theoretical and practical approaches to business ethics, CSR and corporate governance relevant to contemporary business environment. This course will develop your understanding of ethics at an individual and organizational level, and highlights the importance of good governance in a range of organisational settings.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply contemporary Ethics & Governance issues in a business context
  2. Critically analyse and apply ethics to contemporary business practice
  3. Critically analyse key perspectives on corporate social responsibility and their application
  4. Evaluate different corporate ownership structures and their key governance features
  5. Critically analyse and apply corporate governance perspectives to contemporary business practice
  6. Effectively communicate ethics and governance concepts and arguments in a logical manner

Overview of Learning Activities

The course comprises lectures and/or tutorials and independent study. The structure of the teaching and learning environment will promote critical engagement. You will be introduced to a range of theories and approaches, and their application in different situations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 6

Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.