FINA2209 Financial Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Finance major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit equips students with the knowledge and expertise necessary for the provision of financial advice to individuals concerned about their personal and family finances. It covers the role and obligations of the financial planner; identification of the regulatory, investment, budgeting and personal advisory issues in financial planning; identification of the available investments and the tools used to hedge against risks; understanding the role of taxation in financial planning, the importance of superannuation and estate planning; and likely regulatory and financial markets developments in the field and a survey of the most promising areas for research. The unit also covers the structure and the design of a typical financial plan.
Students are able to (1) identify the obligations of the provider of personal financial advice and discuss ethical considerations faced by personal financial advice providers; (2) identify and critically review the regulatory, investment, budgeting and personal advisory issues impacting the provision of personal financial advice; (3) identify available investment opportunities utilising rapidly-changing innovations to construct an investment portfolio for a client; (4) demonstrate the role of taxation and superannuation in financial planning; (5) outline the importance and components of an effective estate plan and asset protection plan; and (6) develop effective communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class activities ; (2) group assignment ; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elizabeth Ooi
Unit rules
FINA1221 Introduction to Finance;
FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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