CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC11001 Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
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General Information

Overview

This unit is the foundation unit for students completing the Financial Planning stream and covers the professional financial planning process, including the Australian legal framework and the responsibilities of financial planners. You will learn how to investigate a client's financial situation and turn the core elements of financial planning into a strategic financial plan. You will also be introduced to financial planning software, tools and templates used in real-world financial planning practice as well as communication methods aimed at building long term client relationships.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2019

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from UCC, Your say

Feedback

Students in T2 2018 were concerned and challenged by the complexity and time consuming nature of Assignment 2 [Statement of Advice].

Recommendation

Reduce the complexity of the [SoA] case study to a single financial planning problem and introduce progressive and assessed practical learning tasks.

Feedback from UCC, Guest speaker comments and student feedback.

Feedback

Students and guest speakers commented on the broad benefits stemming from tutorials aimed at enhancing learning with real-world discussion and debate.

Recommendation

Continue to involve financial planning community as mentors and span a bridge over the gap between the classroom and real-world environments.

Feedback from UCC, Industry forums

Feedback

More focus on financial planning software tools

Recommendation

Practical exercises and assignment tasks will be revised to include more engagement with XPLAN, a leading financial planning software which CQU students have access to. In doing so, tasks will be simulated to mimic real-world practise.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply the process and Australian legal framework of financial planning.
  2. Present strategic advice which meets the financial planning needs and objectives of clients in a variety of circumstances.
  3. Communicate effectively with clients to solve financial planning problems.
  4. Construct financial planning scenarios using industry standard software.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Financial Planning

2nd Edition Update Edition (2018)
Authors: McKeown, Warren; Kerry, Mike; Olynyk, Marc
John Wiley & Sons, Australia
BRISBANE CITY BRISBANE CITY , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 9780730350620
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Financial Planning

2nd Edition [Update Edition] (2018)
Authors: McKeown, Warren; Kerry, Michael; Olynyk, Marc
John Wiley & Sons, Australia, Ltd
BRISBANE CITY BRISBANE CITY , QLD , Australia
ISBN: eText 9780730343554, 0730343553
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

There are two alternate versions of this text for students to purchase. A black and white version, which is approximately $120 and an ebook version costing about $65. The paper text will be available for purchase t the CQUniversity Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

The ebook version is purchased through the publishers website. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Julie Knutsen Unit Coordinator
j.knutsen@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Financial Planning and the Economic Environment

  • Critical lessons from global, economic history
  • Economic, financial and psychological risks underpinning the need for effective financial planning
  • Status of national financial literacy levels
  • Modalities and financial planning theories

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 1 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 1 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 1 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Professional and Legal Responsibilities of Financial Planners [FPs] and FASEA Codes of Ethics and Standards

  • Introduction to compliance and legislative regimes including FASEA Codes of Ethics, Best Interest and Fiduciary Duties 
  • Professional Codes of Conduct of FPs
  • Professional associations including FPSB & FPA and the role of stakeholders
  • Case studies and lessons from corporate scandal, national investigations and industry debate

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 2 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 2 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 2 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Identifying Financial Needs, Goals and Risk Tolerances 

  • Gathering data and ascertaining the client's wealth and risk capacity
  • Understanding the objectives, values,  responsibilities, behaviours and tolerances for risk of the client
  • Client communication, effective questioning, framing, listening techniques
  • Conducting the initial client interview and creating a trusted relationship


Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 3 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 3 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 1 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Financial Planning Skills and Taxation Fundamentals

  • Cash flow and budgets
  • Balance sheets and ratios
  • Common financial planning formulas and applications
  • Income and capital gains tax basics  
  • Applying tax effective strategies to personal financial planning

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 4 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 4 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 1 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Structure, Layout and Purpose of a Statement of Advice 

  • Legislative framework governing quality financial advice in Australia
  • Analysis and evaluation of goals,  current financial situation and risk capacity
  • Connecting needs, risk tolerance and risk capacity to investment choices 
  • Statement of Advice development process and write-up 

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 5 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 5 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 5 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Vacation Week 

Chapter

Vacation Week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 1: Direct investment in fixed interest, shares and property

  • Characteristics, benefits, risks and impact of interest rate changes on cash, fixed interest, shares and property investments
  • Valuations and structuring a direct investment strategies in shares, property, collectibles and alternative investments

CAMEO WORKSHOP: Introduction to XPLAN

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 6 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Refer to ORIENTATION in Moodle for your XPLAN Login

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 6 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 6 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 



Portfolio of Practical Financial Planning Activities Due: Week 6 Wednesday (28 Aug 2019) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 2: Managed Funds, Gearing and Margin Lending

  • Asset Classes - cash, fixed interest, shares and property investments
  • Benefits, risks, fee structures and taxation implications of managed fund, leveraged investment and margin lending strategy
  • Researching and Identifying management and investment styles of fund managers,
  • Constructing a managed fund and geared investment strategies

CAMEO WORKSHOP 1: Introduction to Morningstar Research

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 7 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Refer to ORIENTATION in Moodle for your Morningstar Login [available in week 4]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 7 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 7 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 



Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 3: Superannuation and retirement planning  

  • Characteristics, types and structure of superannuation trusts, investment and product
  • Employer, employee contributions, tax treatments and preservation rules
  • Basic superannuation accumulation strategies

CAMEO WORKSHOP: Introduction to XPLAN Wealth Solver

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 8 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Refer to ORIENTATION in Moodle for your XPLAN Login

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 8 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 8 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 


Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 4: Retirement Phase and Social Security 

  • Conditions of release, withdrawal of funds and death benefit basics
  • Government benefits, age and DVA pension entitlements and income and asset test calculations 

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 9 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 9 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 1 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Wealth Protection: Insurance and risk management 

  • Classifications of risk and risk management
  • Insurance concepts, policy types and conditions
  • Evaluating personal and property risk
  • Purchasing personal insurance inside versus outside superannuation, 
  • Lifestyle changes and the need for ongoing review

CAMEO WORKSHOP: Introduction to XPLAN Risk Researcher

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 10 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Refer to ORIENTATION in Moodle for your XPLAN Login

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 10 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 10 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 

[Scaled] Statement of Advice Critique: Spot the Problems Due: Week 10 Wednesday (25 Sept 2019) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Fundamentals of Estate Planning Estate Planning 

  • Importance and critical components of estate planning in a financial plan
  • Distribution of estate and non-estate assets 
  • Raising the question of estate planning with a client

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 11 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 11 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 11 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Building and Maintaining a Trusted Adviser - Client Relationship

  • Constructing and delivering informative, effective written and verbal communication 
  • Presenting financial planning advice and strategies
  • The importance of reviewing the advice and on-going professional client-adviser relationship 

Final Exam Review

Chapter

Refer to Study Guide for Week 12 Prescribed and Supplementary Reading 

Refer to ASSESSMENT in Moodle for Final Exam Advice

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 12 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 12 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda 
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

Refer to the Orientation Section in Moodle for:

  • Term Specific Information
  • Teaching Team details and introductions
  • What's happening this term
  • Time management guidelines for the assessments and exam preparation
  • Morningstar and XPLAN access details and logins

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio of Practical Financial Planning Activities

Task Description

This is an individual assessment with 2 Parts. Comprehensive guidelines, submission instructions, resources and marking criteria will be available on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section. 

Part 1: Short essay answers related to material covered in weeks 1 and 2 

Part 2: Problem solving and calculations and related to material covered in weeks 3 and 4



Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Wednesday (28 Aug 2019) 3:00 pm AEST

Refer to Submission Instructions on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Wednesday (11 Sept 2019)

Feedback will be provided via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Details of the marking criteria and expectations will be provided on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Refer to submission instructions in ASSESSMENT Section of Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and apply the process and Australian legal framework of financial planning.
  • Present strategic advice which meets the financial planning needs and objectives of clients in a variety of circumstances.
  • Communicate effectively with clients to solve financial planning problems.
  • Construct financial planning scenarios using industry standard software.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
[Scaled] Statement of Advice Critique: Spot the Problems

Task Description

This is an individual assessment. Comprehensive guidelines, submission instructions, resources and marking criteria will be available on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section. 

In summary, you will be provided with a client case study accompanied with a badly completed [scaled] Statement of Advice [SoA]. Your task is to identify the errors and problems and make recommendations about where and how the should be written.  



Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Wednesday (25 Sept 2019) 3:00 pm AEST

Refer to submission instructions in ASSESSMENT Section of Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (7 Oct 2019)

Feedback will be provided via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Details of the marking criteria and expectations will be provided on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Refer Submission Instructions on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and apply the process and Australian legal framework of financial planning.
  • Present strategic advice which meets the financial planning needs and objectives of clients in a variety of circumstances.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
120 minutes

Exam Conditions
Restricted

Materials
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
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