FINC20030 - Behavioural Finance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will contextualise insights about client relationships that you have gained in previous studies or professional practice within an advanced understanding of the psychology of investor behaviour and the professional relationship itself. You will explore the dynamics of client relationships and behaviour in terms of advanced behavioural finance theories. You will have the opportunity to examine the client/advisor relationship from various perspectives as well as the realities of investor behaviour. You will review and apply recent developments in the fields of Behavioural Economics and Behavioural Finance and consider their applications to professional practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 Postgraduate 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. Literature Review or Systematic Review 30%
2. Case Study 40%
3. Presentation 30%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% 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 reported the unit was "Interesting unit, well presented"
This unit will continue to use lecturers with professional experience in order to maintain a strong reputation for the value this unit offers.
Action Taken
Industry experienced lectures were employed in the unit
Source: Have Your Say
Students stated they "would have liked for all of the material to be available a little earlier"
All major development for this unit is now complete and content will be available from orientation week in future terms.
Action Taken
All necessary resources were available in a timely manner.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically articulate the major components of Behavioural Finance and Behavioural Economics theory
  2. Interpret client relationships in terms of Behavioural Finance and related theories
  3. Apply different cultural frameworks to the client relationship situation to suggest innovative and culturally sensitive solutions.

This unit has been designed to conform to the requirements of the Financial Planning Education Council, the guidelines formulated by FASEA Standards Authority and the mandated higher education standards stated in the Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Case Study
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Case Study
3 - Presentation