Module Details

BE858-7-SP-CO: Cases In Financial Reporting And Corporate Governance

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 10
ECTS credit: 5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Pik Liew
Teaching Staff: Pik Liew
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Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Cases in Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance


The objective of this module is to equip students with an understanding of key issues and debates in financial reporting and corporate governance. In the financial reporting segment of the module, students are given an overview of the application of financial accounting information in the form of information in annual reports in various contexts. In the corporate governance segment of the module, key issues in corporate governance are discussed. For both segments, case studies are used to strengthen the student s understanding of the issues and to apply their understanding and knowledge of the issue in real life situations. The issues explored with vary from year to year depending on the key debates in the financial reporting and corporate governance communities, thereby providing a current issues flavour to the module.


1) To provide an appreciation of the key issues in financial reporting and corporate governance
2) To equip students with an understanding of the application of financial reporting and corporate governance ideas and concepts in real life business situations
3) To enable students to critically evaluate both professional and academic literature dealing with the current issues and controversies in financial reporting and corporate governance


Upon completion of the module, students will:
1) have a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the role of financial reporting in providing information for managerial decision making;
2) be able to comprehensively analyse and critically understand financial statements
3) demonstrate clear conceptual understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate governance;
4) be able to discuss, debate and critically evaluate contemporary issues in financial accounting and reporting, and corporate governance;
5) demonstrate a deep appreciation of the changing nature of financial reporting and corporate governance, and how politics and changing economic environments play a strong role in shaping practices and regulation;


The module consists of 20 contact hours: 4 hour lectures/workshops a week, over 5 weeks. Lectures are designed to introduce the student to the topic, highlighting key areas and identify key themes and points of discussion. Students are then expected to apply their knowledge in a series of case studies in the workshop sessions. Attendance at all lectures/ workshops is integral to the successful completion of the module. Students are expected to complete the relevant readings and be prepared for both lectures and workshops. (See overleaf for Module Syllabus .)


Topic 1: Understanding financial reports and accounting numbers, and how they are used
Topic 2: Accounting Regulation: Who Sets the Rules?
Topic 3: Measurement Issues in Accounting: What do We Measure, and How?
Topic 4: International Harmonisation of Accounting Standards and Financial Reporting in Emerging Economies
Topic 5: Accounting and Culture: The Case of Islamic Accounting
Topic 6: Understanding corporate governance concepts and ideas
Topic 7: What do directors do? Boards and corporate performance
Topic 8: How much is too much? Issues of Executive remuneration
Topic 9: Beyond capitalism: Financial reporting and corporate governance for society

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures, workshops, case studies.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Coursework (50%), comprises a 1500 word individual report on a pre set case study. Two hour examination (50%).

Other information

ELECTIVE/OPTIONAL module. This module will be taught over one full day per week, during a 5-week teaching block (Weeks 20-25).


  • Essential Reading:
  • Stickney, C. P., Roman, W., Schipper K. and Francis J. (2010), Financial Accounting: An Introduction to Concepts, Methods and Uses, South Western Publishing
  • Mallin, C. (2010), Corporate Governance, Oxford University Press
  • Recommended Reading:
  • Baydoun, N. and Willett, R. (2000), Islamic Corporate Reports, Abacus, Vol.36 No.1: 71 to 90.
  • Goeltz, R.K. (1991), International Accounting Harmonization: The Impossible (and Unnecessary?) Dream , Accounting Horizons, March, pp. 85 to 88,
  • Hines, Ruth (1989), Financial Accounting Knowledge, Conceptual Framework Projects and the Social Construction of the Accounting Profession , Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 2(2),pp 72 to 92
  • Saudagaran, S.M and J.G. Diga (1997), Financial Reporting in Emerging Capital Markets: Characteristics and Policy Issues , Accounting Horizons, June, pp. 41 to 64.
  • Schipper, K. (2005) The Introduction of International Accounting Standards in Europe: Implications for International Convergence , European Accounting Review, pp. 101 to 126.
  • Tyrrall, D., D. Woodward and A. Rakhimbekova (2007), The relevance of International Financial Reporting Standards to a developing country: Evidence from Kazakhstan , International Journal of Accounting, Vol. 42, pp. 82 to 110.

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