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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-ordinatorMichael Li

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures and tutorial discussions. Analytical case study that develops student's skills, knowledge and understanding

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsFIN3FPL OR FIN2FPL

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Financial Planning

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

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

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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