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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)


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.


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 AFW2700.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Anton Du Toit

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week


AFW2042, AFW3004