CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC19020 Term 2 - 2020
Financial Plan Construction
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General Information

Overview

This capstone unit applies prior knowledge to produce a statement of advice for a real world case study. You will conduct an initial client interview, research and develop a wealth strategy and learn to present a financial plan to a client. You also gain insights into management of client relationships.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites - FINC11001 and FINC19011 and LAWS19033 Co-requisites:- FINC19012 and FINC19016 and FINC13001

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 - 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: 40%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%

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

Very enjoyable unit. Liked the fact that it had real life assessment tasks.

Recommendation

This unit will continue to embed the AMP University Challenge as a major assessment piece and offer real-world learning opportunities.

Feedback from UCC reflective practice

Feedback

Assist students with progressive learning opportunities that will develop skills and good study routines.

Recommendation

A Portfolio of Activities will be introduced in future terms and focus on building skills, engaging with the content more closely and developing appropriate scaffolding to enhance active discussion in the weekly webinars.

Feedback from UCC reflective practice

Feedback

Create stronger connections between financial planning theories and real-world applications

Recommendation

A stronger theoretical focus will be added to this unit as well as provide academic and professional literature for student review and develop tutorial questions to enable rich discussion in the weekly webinars.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Research and identify client data in developing a statement of advice
  2. Apply professional and ethical principles pertaining to the financial planning process
  3. Employ communication skills to manage client relationships
  4. Apply financial planning software to model client scenarios.
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 - 40%
3 - Practical Assessment - 30%

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

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

Textbooks

Prescribed

Financial Planning 2nd Edition (Update Edition) 2nd (Update Edition) (2015)

Authors: McKeown, Kerry and Olynyk
John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Milton Milton , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: eText 9780730343554, 0730343553
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

ETEXT can be access via MCKEOWN 2E – FINANCIAL PLANNING

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks are available at the publisher's 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 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Angelique Mcinnes Unit Coordinator
a.mcinnes@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Professional Obligations of a Financial Planner and Providing Advice

  • Legislative and compliance frameworks governing the provision and construction of the Statement of Advice [SoA]
  • Fiduciary obligations, FASEA Codes of Ethics and best interest duties

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 1 Prescribed Reading 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: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Overview of the Statement of Advice Development and Construction Process

  • The 6 steps - objectives, intentions and compliance
  • Examining SoA Exemplars and Templates



Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 2 Prescribed Reading 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: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Gathering and Analysing Client Data and Tax Position

  • Articulating the client's goals and concerns, investment preferences and time horizons
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the client's financial position
  • Establishing the client's risk tolerance, risk capacity, liquidity, debt and tax position
  • CAMEO WORKSHOP: The AMP University Challenge and Past Successes

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 3 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 3 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 3 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda
Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Wealth Protection 1: Analysing the Client's Insurance and Estate Planning Risks

  • Conduct an Insurance and Estate Planning Needs Analysis
  • Assessing the suitability and appropriateness of the client's insurance cover, policy type and ownership.
  • Articulate the critical estate planning needs




Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 4 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 4 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 4 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda
Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Wealth Protection 2: Developing and Constructing Wealth Protection Advice

  • Applying best interest duty and matching client needs with appropriate insurance polices 
  • Product replacement essentials, benefits and risks
  • Building support and articulating the justifications for the recommendations
  • CAMEO WORKSHOP: Using XPLAN Risk Researcher to select and compare insurance policies 



 

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 5 Prescribed Reading 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: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Vacation week

Chapter

Vacation week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation week

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 1: Analysing [Non-Super] Short and Medium-Term Investments Options

  • Comparing the characteristics of cash, fixed interest and managed fund investments
  • Matching client objectives to non-super investments
  • Constructing short and medium-term investment advice using non-super products 



Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 6 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 6 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 6 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 2: Analysing [Super] Long Term Investment Options

  • Review current superannuation contribution legislation and tax treatments
  • Developing long term and tax effective wealth accumulation strategies 
  • Aligning superannuation recommendations with the client's needs, objectives, risk tolerance and risk capacity
  • CAMEO WORKSHOP: XPLAN Wealth Solver

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 7 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading


Refer to Orientation in Moodle for your XPLAN login


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: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Wealth Creation 3: Portfolio Construction

  • Aligning and re-aligning a managed fund portfolio with a client's risk tolerance 
  • Evaluating and selecting appropriate managed funds 

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 8 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 8 in Moodle for:

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

STATEMENT OF ADVICE [AMP UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE CASE STUDY] Due: Week 8 Monday (7 Sep 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Finalising the Statement of Advice [SoA]

  • Refining and producing a professional and compliant Statement of Advice
  • Strategy maps 
  • Clarifying disclosure and scope of the advice
  • Thinking ahead to the SoA Presentation



Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 9 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 9 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 9 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda
Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Managing the Client Relationship 1: Initial Phase 

  • Conducting effective client interviews
  • Questioning and framing techniques
  • Making the connection between FASEA Codes of Ethics, professional conduct obligations and 'Know Your Client' Rule

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 10 Prescribed Reading and Supplementary Reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 10 in Moodle for:

  • Study Guide and Week 10 Questions and Applications
  • Webinar Agenda
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Managing the Client Relationship 2: Presenting the Advice

  • Customising the SoA presentation to the client
  • Organising the SoA implementation documentation 
  • Discussing fees 

Chapter

Refer Study Guide for Week 11 Prescribed Reading 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: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

SoA Presentations Conducted in this week. 


Chapter

Refer to Week 12 in Moodle for:

  • Exemplars of SoA Presentations 
  • SoA Presentation Templates

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Week 12 in Moodle for:

  • SoA Presentation Schedules
  • Other instruction

Statement of Advice Presentation Due: Week 12 Monday (5 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Revision, preparing for the exams and completing the Student Evaluation Survey

Chapter

Revise Study Guides from Weeks 1 to 12

Work through previous exam exemplars

Events and Submissions/Topic

Refer to Study Guides from Weeks 1 to 12

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Unit Coordinator End of Term Report

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Available once finalised by all the relevant Committees

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio of Financial Plan Construction Activities

Task Description

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


In summary, to demonstrate your progressive understanding of the critical elements and practicalities of Statement of Advice construction, including the underpinning legislation, FASEA Codes of Ethics and key calculations, you are required to complete a portfolio of 3 x tutorial activities. 


The 3 x tutorial activities are scheduled to be completed progressively during term and you will provide your answers online in the following weeks:

  • Activity 1: Available 10am Thursday to 10pm Saturday in Week 4 covering material from Weeks 1 to 3
  • Activity 2: Available 10am Thursday to 10pm Saturday in Week 7 covering material from Weeks 4 to 6
  • Activity 3: Available 10am Thursday to 10pm Saturday in Week 9 covering material from Weeks 7 and 8


The activities will be open in the above times and you will have limited [yet comfortable] time to complete the activities. 

The activities will include multiple choice, calculation and reading comprehension questions. The questions will draw from the prescribed reading outlined in the weekly study guides. 


Assessment Due Date

Refer to the Task Description and Submission Instructions on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT block


Return Date to Students

Feedback via Moodle in the Assessment block


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 the submission Instructions on Moodle in the Assessment block

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research and identify client data in developing a statement of advice
  • Apply professional and ethical principles pertaining to the financial planning process
  • Employ communication skills to manage client relationships


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

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
STATEMENT OF ADVICE [AMP UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE CASE STUDY]

Task Description

This is assignment is ‘group’ assignment. ‘The group’ can be 1, 2 or 3 persons. Comprehensive guidelines, submission instructions, resources and marking criteria will be available in Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section and the ORIENTATION Section.


In summary you are required to complete a Statement of Advice.


The client details are taken from the AMP University Challenge case study.

The AMP University Challenge is a competition and a unique opportunity to combine your technical knowledge with your communication skills in a real-world scenario.

Prizes of up to $5,000 and a range of other significant benefits are awarded to finalists.


To receive the case study, you need to register ‘The Group’

Link: https://www.amp.com.au/unichallenge/home/overview

  • Your case study will be sent to you by AMP on Monday, 13th July 2020.
  • You'll have until Monday, 7th September 2020 to submit your discussion papers to the AMP University Challenge Portal.


Critical Submission Instructions:

  1. Your submission to the AMP Challenge University Portal is OPTIONAL and some eligibility criteria may preclude some students from the competition.
  2. Regardless of whether you partake in the competition or not, you MUST upload your submission to Moodle on the due date, Monday 7 September 2020.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (7 Sep 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

Refer to Submission Instructions on Moodle and/or AMP University Challenge 2020 Website [link shown in Task Description]


Return Date to Students

Feedback via Moodle within two weeks of the submission date


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

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

See also ORIENTATION Section for details about the AMP University Challenge tips and past student experience.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
ALL Submissions must be made to Moodle. Competition submissions via the AMP University Challenge Website is the responsibility of the student.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research and identify client data in developing a statement of advice
  • Employ communication skills to manage client relationships
  • Apply financial planning software to model client scenarios.


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

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Statement of Advice Presentation

Task Description

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


In summary, you are required to setup a typical adviser-client environment and present your SoA to a mock client. In doing so you will demonstrate your ability to:

  • apply compliance procedures and communication skills to the presentation of comprehensive financial planning advice
  • build client relationships and execute your ethical and professional responsibilities


Important Notes:

The presentation must be recorded. While it is acknowledged a presentation in real-life can take up to 2 hours, for the purpose of this assignment your presentation will be restricted to 30 minutes. 

Recording logistics will be confirmed as part of Orientation issues discussed in Week 1 Webinar and confirmed in the ASSESSMENT Section on Moodle. The options being considered include:

  • uploading recording to YouTube [private setting]
  • conducting the presentation via zoom 

 


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (5 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Presentations need to be finalised and submitted by the due date. Refer to Submission Instructions on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT Section.


Return Date to Students

Feedback via Moodle within two weeks of submission


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 on Moodle in the ASSESSMENT block

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply professional and ethical principles pertaining to the financial planning process


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

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As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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