Course Title: Corporate Governance and Responsible Leadership

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Corporate Governance and Responsible Leadership

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet2 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2018


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Stephan Hitchins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99251731

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Graduate School of Business and Law, Cnr Victoria and Russell Sts, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an introduction to key elements of corporate governance and responsible leadership. The course will examine some important areas of corporations law, emphasising the legal duties and obligations of directors, managers and the board, shareholder rights and remedies, and internal and external checks on fraud and corruption. Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and international trends will also be explored. You will examine what constitutes good corporate governance and how to apply appropriate ethical standards to the role of a director, senior officer, or manager.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See "Learning Outcomes"

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

CLO1: Analyse and integrate the key elements of the Australian legislative and regulatory frameworks relevant for corporate governance

CL02: Critically analyse legal principles relevant to corporate governance and apply this knowledge to practical case studies.

CL03: Critically reflect on theoretical perspectives on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and ethical leadership, and apply these in light of contemporary corporate governance issues and developments CL04: Compare and critically appraise international approaches to corporate governance and ethical leadership. CL05: Effectively communicate well-researched and critically reasoned advice to internal decision makers, clients, and other external stakeholders.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course may be delivered face-to-face and/or online through classes, lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You will be expected to be an active participant and undertake the required preparatory work.

The following learning activities have been designed to assist you to develop the important capabilities outlined in this course guide.

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides you with an overview of some of the activities to be undertaken to successfully complete the course.

• Engage in research by means of searching texts, internet resources and journals (academic and profession).
• Read text material and selected articles.
• Prepare written answers to problems and topic questions.
• Resolve questions in case study problems.
• Participate in classroom discussions.
• Prepare and participate in class presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020. Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator/facilitator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include individual reports and essays, assignments, class participation, case study analyses, online discussions and activities and tests. The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%  Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5   Assessment Task 2: 40%  Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5   Assessment Task 3: 40%  Linked CLOs: 3, 5