OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to financial planning including investments, superannuation, retirement and cash-flow planning, taxation, legal structures, risk assessment, insurance, and estate planning. Students will engage in teacher directed activities and experiences relevant to contemporary wealth management and critical aspects of the financial planner-client relationship.

Unit content

Topic 1: Role and Scope of Financial Planning

Topic 2: Contemporary Issues in the Financial Planning Industry

Topic 3: Legal & Ethical Framework

Topic 4: Examining the Financial Planning Process

Topic 5: Financial Products – Equities and Managed Funds

Topic 6: Financial Products – Cash and Fixed Interest

Topic 7: Financial Products – Real Estate and Commodities

Topic 8: Taxation Fundamentals

Topic 9: Superannuation and Retirement Planning

Topic 10: Social Security Applications

Topic 11: Risk Management & Insurance

Topic 12: Estate Planning

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • (Digital and Print Versions Available) fromn http://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/financial-planning-2nd-update-edition/: Warren McKeown, Mike Kerry, Marc Olynyk , 2017, Financial Planning, 2nd Update Edition, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, QLD. ISBN: 9780730343554.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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