Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will be introduced to the knowledge, competencies and skills required of a financial planner to prepare, present and monitor a basic financial plan for individual clients. You will learn how to gather information on client attitudes and financial circumstances, assess a client's attitude towards risk and undertake a range of techniques to be able to analyse a client's financial situation. You will then learn to develop a range of strategies to help assist clients achieve financial goals and objectives. The principles of financial planning will be illustrated through practical and real life situations. Areas covered within this subject include: taxation, salary packaging, debt management, investments, personal insurance, superannuation and retirement planning and the age pension.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsFIN2FPL OR FIN3FPL

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Financial Planning

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcKeown, Kerry and Olynyk


Edition/Volume2nd ed



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe and evaluate the advisory functions of financial planners including; the holistic and relational roles of the financial planner, as distinct from a simple product advisory role; the participants in the advisory services market; and the range of services provided by financial planners.
02. Develop an understanding of the legal and regulatory framework that financial planning operates within and the roles of the major regulators.
03. Analyse and critically evaluate a basic set of client circumstances in order to identify the needs, risk profile, and goals of a client.
04. Research, evaluate and apply a range of introductory financial planning strategies appropriate to the needs and objectives of a client, in an ethical and professional manner.
05. Develop preliminary skills in report writing, financial modelling and the presentation of information to clients.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
1000-word Individual Case StudyN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
3-hour final examination (equivalent to 3000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Two in-class or online tutorial assessment tasks, equivalent to 250 words each (500 words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3