FINC13001 - Estate Planning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the role of the financial advisor in estate and succession planning. You will examine the legal and taxation issues related to estate and succession planning. You will apply the skills required for managing the client relationship and construct an estate and succession plan for a client situation. In this unit you will have the opportunity to integrate the broad range of knowledge and skills required of a practicing Financial Planner into a practice focused project based on a practical client situation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: FINC19016 Retirement and Superannuation and FINC19019 Insurance Planning

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

Term 2 - 2021 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Take Home Exam 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.22% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say
Students were particularly impressed by the pre-recorded webinars and overall support stating they were extremely informative, concise and offered examples and insight of estate planning in practice.
This unit will continue to enlist the expertise of qualified practitioners to enhance the learning outcomes and prepare students to be work-ready graduates of financial planning.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
The supporting slides were helpful to studying. The weekly questions I believe were helpful to prepare for part 2 of the assignment and study notes for the exam".
This unit will continue to focus on providing students with useful and effective learning resources and opportunities for progressive learning.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Students provided feedback about the textbook stating it was difficult to navigate.
The textbook is written by an expert in this field. However, student feedback has been provided to the author and he has committed to making revisions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate legal, ethical and commercial principles pertinent to estate and succession planning
  2. Solve estate and succession planning problems using ethical financial planning principles
  3. Prepare professional estate and succession plans for a variety of client circumstances
  4. Apply communication techniques for effective client relationship building.

This unit will become part of the Financial Planning suite of units that is accredited by the Financial Planning Education Council using its own standards and the RG146 ASIC standard for Financial Planners. This proposed unit is designed to fit within the overall strategy for accreditation within this regime.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam