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ACS2700: Business ethics, corporate governance and professional conduct

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Business and Economics

Coordinators(s)

Ms Michelle Vermeulen

Offered

South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Term 4 2018 (On-campus)

Prerequisites

ACS1000 or equivalent.

Prohibitions

AFW2700

Synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to ethical issues in business, with a specific focus on the accounting profession. The unit addresses four areas of ethics and business: an introduction to ethical theories and applied ethics, including the nature of ethics and ethical decision-making; an overview of business ethics and its relationship with corporate governance and social responsibility; an understanding of how ethics affects businesses, organisations and professions; The Code of Professional Conduct in the accountancy profession.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the ethical dimension of individual and social life in the context of cultural diversity
  2. define and explain selected ethical theories and their relevance to business and professional ethical issues
  3. apply an ethical and corporate governance perspective to organisational and management issues
  4. explain the nature of professionalism
  5. be able to use ethical knowledge and theory to make decisions in relation to case studies
  6. describe the purpose, structure and contents of selected codes of conduct from business and professions, particularly the accounting profession and apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with ethics in business and the accounting profession and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by ACS2700.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Michelle Vermeulen

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