CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC11001 Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
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Unit Profile Correction added on 30-03-20

The end of term assessment has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment. 

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 1 - 2020

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 Have Your Say

Feedback

Students stated they found lecturer particularly helpful relating content back to situations in real life. Tutorials were interesting, discussions were thought provoking and the mini lectures and transcripts helped to manage full time work and study.

Recommendation

Design and delivery of the learning material will continue to focus on resources that work for different learning styles and needs.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Students were concerned that feedback from the first assessment was delayed and the scale of marks to effort was a concern.

Recommendation

Assessment regime has been modified to improve feedback turnaround and to have allocated marks better aligned to effort and expectations.

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)

2nd (Update Edition) (2018)
Authors: McKeown, Kerry and Olynyk
John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 9780730350620
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Financial Planning 2nd Edition (Update Edition)

2nd Edition (Update) (2018)
Authors: McKeown, Kerry and Olynyk
John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 9780730343554
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

There are two alternate hardcopy versions of this textbook and an etext. A black and white version of this text is available and approximately $120 and the e-book is approximately $65. 

The paper text will be available for purchase at the CQUniversity Bookstore http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au. 

The e-book version is available via the publisher's website. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • You will learn how to use XPLAN Financial Planning Software and Morningstar. Both systems are accessed via the internet and with the login provided.
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
Angelique Mcinnes Unit Coordinator
a.mcinnes@cqu.edu.au
Garrick Small Unit Coordinator
g.small@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

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 Orientation Section in Moodle for:

  1. Weekly Webinar Schedule 
  2. Teaching Team Introduction
  3. What's Happening in T1 2020 

Note: Webinar Zoom link available in Week 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 2

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 2

Activity 1 Due by 10am Friday of Week 3

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 4

Activity 2 Due by 10am Friday of Week 4

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 5

Activity 3 Due by 10am Friday of Week 5

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Consultations available via appointment

Chapter

Vacation Week

Consultations available via appointment

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week

Consultations available via appointment

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

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 strategy 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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 6

Activity 4 Due by 10am Friday of Week 6

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

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 for your Morningstar Login

Events and Submissions/Topic

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 7

Activity 5 Due by 5 am Friday of Week 7

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 8


Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 9


Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 10



[Scaled] Statement of Advice Due: Week 10 Wednesday (20 May 2020) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Fundamentals of Estate Planning Estate Planning

• Importance and critical components of estate planning in a financial plan

• Distribution of estate and nonestate 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

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 11


Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

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
  • Final Exam Advice will be available in Week 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Webinar Zoom link available in Week 12


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit was rated highly by students in Term 1 2019. While there was general agreement the workload was challenging, a high percentage of students appreciated the real-world applications 

Refer to ORIENTATION Section in Moodle for:

  • What's Happening in Term 1 2020
  • Teaching Team Introductions
  • Time Management guidelines for the assessments and exam preparation
  • Morningstar and XPLAN logins

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio of Practical Activities.

Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

Comprehensive guidelines, submission instructions, resources and marking criteria will be available in Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section.

There are 5 Activities. Each Activity is worth 6 marks and includes comprehension questions, calculations and professional advice discussions. The purpose of the activities is to:

  • build your financial planning skills progressively,
  • ensure you have a strong understanding of the professional and practical requirements financial planning
  • establish specific competencies that will help you with Assessment Item 2, namely the [Scaled] Statement of Advice.

Submission of activities begins in Week 3 and then each week until Week 7.

For instance,

Activity 1 covers Week 1 material and is due by 10am Friday of Week 3,

Activity 2 covers Week 2 material and is due by 10am Friday of Week 4

Activity 3 covers Week 3 material and is due by 10am Friday of Week 5.

Activity 4 covers Week 4 material and is due by 10am Friday of Week 6.

Activity 5 covers Week 5 material and is due by 10am Friday of Week 7.

IMPORTANT: Due to the progressive nature of this assignment any requests for extensions are likely to be denied.

Refer to Learning Schedule above for specific dates.


Assessment Due Date

Commencing in Week 3, the Activities are due each week


Return Date to Students

Feedback on assignments will be made within 10 business days of submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

A marking guide will be provided with each activity. 

All activities will be available in ASSESSMENT Section in Moodle. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Refer to submission instructions in 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.


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

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
[Scaled] Statement of Advice

Task Description

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

In summary, you will be provided with a client case study and a Best Interest Duty Statement template.The purpose of this assignment is to have you research a financial planning problem, analyse a number of solutions and document your recommendations using a real-world financial planning advice template [i.e. Best Interest Duty Statement].  

The Best Interest Duty Statement must be thorough. It is used in the real-world as a preliminary worksheet and contains specific justifications related to your financial planning recommendations. Hence, this assignment has the reputation for being challenging, yet useful in terms of how it builds wealth creation knowledge as well as provides an employable skill. 

Weekly webinars will demonstrate how to construct a Best Interest Duty Statement from different perspectives.



Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Wednesday (20 May 2020) 3:00 pm AEST

Refer to Submission Instructions in ASSESSMENT in Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (3 June 2020)

Feedback will be provided via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Refer Submission Instructions in Moodle in 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.
  • 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

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 - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
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