BUSS 5426


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Business

Course aim

This course develops abilities to understand the complexities and importance of ethics and corporate governance and to apply them in a demanding and global business environment. It promotes awareness of the ethical responsibilities of professional accountants, thereby enabling them to identify and resolve ethical issues or conflicts throughout their career. It ensures professional accountants understand the importance of governance, including their role in achieving effective governance. It provides an understanding of the role of accounting, and of accountants, in providing information about the social and environmental performance of an organisation.

The course integrates the materials from the CPA Program Professional Level Ethics and Governance segment and prepares students for the CPA examination. Additional fees apply to this course. Exam rules and regulations applied to the exam for this course will be those of CPA Australia.

Course content

The course contains the following topics:
Accounting and society
Governance concepts 
Corporations and other entities 
Corporate accountability


Dellaportas, S, Thomsen, S, Conyon, M 2012, Principles of ethics and corporate governance in financial services, Illustrated edn, McGraw-Hill, Australia


Students must have successfully completed 36 units in the Master of Professional Accounting program (inclusive of credit or advanced standing) before enrolment in this course.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Preparatory 1 x 1 week
Workshop 3 hours x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Case study, Continuous assessment, Examination


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4C)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

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