Course Title: Monitor corporate governance activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ACCT5316C

Course Title: Monitor corporate governance activities

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6113 - Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Course Contact : Maurice Sheridan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255455

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Colin Byron (no phone)

Maurice Sheridan 9925 5455

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research corporate governance reporting trends, examine corporate governance standards and practices, and review compliance to develop and implement processes and procedures for meeting corporate governance obligations. This unit has application to a variety of financial services sectors and is applicable to individuals working within enterprises and job roles subject to licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements so the varying Commonwealth, State or Territory requirements should be confirmed with the relevant body.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC604A Monitor corporate governance activities


1. Establish corporate governance standards and practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Application of, and adherence to, professional and legal accounting standards are monitored to identify emerging trends and interpretations of statutory and other regulatory requirements
1.2. Audit reports and practices are researched to assess methodologies and recommendations


2. Identify corporate governance reporting trends

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Organisational practices are analysed to identify corporate governance obligations and performance
2.2. Queries from statutory and other regulatory authorities for corporate governance failure are examined to assess the change effects on internal control procedures
2.3. Content and structure of reports, returns and processes for review are assessed to evaluate policies being followed by the organisation


3. Determine processes for corporate governance adherence

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Internal control procedures are analysed and monitored to determine performance indicators for compliance with corporate governance requirements
3.2. Information technology systems are evaluated to determine their use and suitability for recording data from operations and transactions for corporate governance obligations
3.3. Management processes to support corporate governance are established
3.4. Reporting plans are established to ensure completion of compliance requirements within scheduled timeframes


4. Review corporate governance compliance

Performance Criteria:

4.1. The achievement of performance indicators is assessed and reviewed against key result areas
4.2. Compliance preparation processes are monitored and reviewed in line with corporate governance requirements
4.3. Failures in compliance are analysed to diagnose shortcomings and to remedy processes in line with corporate governance requirements

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The activities are designed to learn about the governance of oganisations.

The students will be required to BLOG  

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopicTopic NameDiscussion Q’sBlog Submissions
11Corporate governanceChapter review Q’s
8, 10, 11
Assignment 1
22Corporate Ethics

Develop a code of conduct for the classroom

Chapter review Q’s
3, 4, 5"


33Internal controls/Risk compliance
Chapter 3 review Q’s
1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10
Chapter 4 review Q’s
1, 3, 6, 12, 13, 16
Chapter 3
Assignment "


44ASX Guidelines for Listed Companies
"Chapter Review Q’s
1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14."
"Chapter 5
Assignment 1"


55Corporations Act and Incorporation
"Chapter 6 Review Q’s
6, 7, 8"
Chapter 7
Assignment "
66Company Constitution
"Chapter 8 review Q’s
1, 2, 3."
"Chapter 8
77Directors and Officiers
"Chapter 11 review Q’s
2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8."
88Directors Duties
"Chapter 12 review Q’s
1, 3, 4, 10, 11"
"Chapter 12
Assignment 1"
99Directors Remedies and Consequences
"From chapter 13
Questions 1, 2"
1010Members Meetings and Members Rights
"From Chapter 14 Q’s
1, 2, 3
Chapter 14 Review Q’s
13, 15"
1111Accounts, Reporting and Audits
From Chapter 16 Questions 1
"Chapter 16 Assignment
Chapter 17 Assignment 1"
1212Administration of Companies in financial difficulties
"Chapter 18 Review Q’s
9, 15, 18"
Chapter 18 Assignment
13 Environmentally sustainable work practices
 Chapter 20 Assignment
14 Assignment completion
15 Assignment completion  
16 Assignment completion  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Monitor Corporate Governance Activities Mathew Fawcett



Other Resources

All other resources required are provided on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical tests, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following:

The students will be required to present one of the topics presented above.

10 BLOGs as to the discussions that happens in class based around the questions that are in the text.

One (1) major assignment. This assignment is used to determine competency. To be successful in this unit of competency a student must be able to demonstrate competency in the required tasks as outlined by the assignment. The assignment is performed in two (2) cycles. The first cycle of the assignment will require students to work in groups of two. The first cycle includes a presentations. The presentation will require students to report on a specific broad ranging legislation, with reference to its; purpose, key compliance issues affecting companies, and potential liability to companies and or others i.e. directors / officers in the event of non compliance. A hard copy report, along with a policy and procedures manual detailing the above will form the core of the assignment and will need to be handed to your instructor on the day of the 2nd presentation. This will complete cycle 1 (1st cycle) The second cycle of the assignment must be completed on an idividual basis. This will be submitted in week 15.

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard. 

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to your tasks

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in completing your tasks. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable requirements in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience.

We expect to see timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled collaborative sessions. In addition your team tasks will provide opportunities to demonstrate how well you work in a team.
Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

Class presentation    
Weeky assignment Blog    
Peer assessment    

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