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FIN2106 Personal Financial Planning

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Lujer Santacruz
Moderator: Peter Phillips

Requisites

Pre-requisite: FIN1101 and FIN1103

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware. Note: This course is conducted within the Australian context and because of this, international students would be encountering concepts that are new to them and would require some effort to understand.

Rationale

Personal financial planning, or the development and implementation of total coordinated plans for the achievement of one's overall financial objectives, is becoming more and more important both to individuals and professionals offering their services. Governments are emphasising self-reliance among individuals, so long-term financial well-being is everyone's responsibility. Individuals will have more comfortable lives if they plan and manage their finances skilfully. From being provided by a multitude of different professionals, advising in the area of personal financial planning has developed into a discrete discipline that requires formal training. Personal financial planning has also become an integral part of the business of financial product providers (for example, banks, insurance companies) and financial service providers (for example, accountants).

Synopsis

In this course, students will be exposed to the personal financial planning environment and process. The environment covers the regulatory framework within which financial planners operate as well as their responsibilities. The process covers the various components of personal financial planning (for example, taxation, investments, credit, superannuation and retirement, insurance, social security and estate planning). These concepts are integrated through the study of financial plan construction and the actual preparation of a financial plan. Taxation Law, Managed Investments, Superannuation and Retirement Planning and Insurance Markets and Products are offered in specific courses if students wish to pursue those issues in more detail. Formerly FIN1106.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe an overview of the personal financial planning profession
  2. discuss the regulatory framework within which financial planners operate as well as their responsibilities
  3. apply relevant financial reporting and taxation concepts useful in personal financial planning
  4. apply financial mathematics concepts useful in personal financial planning
  5. compare the various direct investment vehicles available to Australian investors
  6. explain the role and scope of managed funds in personal investing
  7. explain the various types of loans and credit and the issues relating to home ownership
  8. discuss the operation of superannuation and retirement planning in Australia
  9. discuss personal and general insurance protection
  10. discuss how the social security system operates in Australia and the various benefits available
  11. identify estate planning and asset protection issues that apply in Australia
  12. apply the process of obtaining information from clients and preparing financial plans for them and in so doing, demonstrate both the information literacy and communication skills required of a financial planner.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of personal financial planning 3.00
2. The Australian macroeconomic environment 3.00
3. Financial markets and products 4.50
4. Personal financial planning regulation 10.50
5. Personal financial planning foundational concepts 9.00
6. Household finances 4.00
7. Investment planning 8.00
8. Taxation planning 6.00
9. Superannuation and retirement planning 12.00
10. Insurance and risk management 6.00
11. Social security 2.00
12. Estate planning 2.00
13. The steps in personal financial planning 6.00
14. Client information gathering 3.00
15. Financial plan construction 15.00
16. Plan implementation and review 3.00
17. Financial planning practice management 3.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=FIN2106)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Taylor, S & Juchau, R 2012, Financial planning in Australia, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Shirlow, D (ed) 2011, 2011/2012 Australian master financial planning guide, 14th edn, CCH Australia, North Ryde, New South Wales.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 25.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 90.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZZES 100 10 26 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 100 40 13 May 2013 (see note 2)
EXAM A (MULTIPLE-CHOICE) 20 10 End S1 (see note 3)
EXAM B (SHORT ANS/PRAC PROB) 80 40 End S1

NOTES
  1. These quizzes are to be administered throughout the semester and are to be completed online through the Study Desk. Refer to the Introductory Book for details.
  2. The assignment involves the preparation of a financial plan for a hypothetical client.
  3. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Exam (A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Exam (A and B) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing and drawing instruments; calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); English translation dictionaries (but not technical dictionaries).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. If students submit assignments after the due date and wish to claim extenuating circumstances then they shall provide validated documentary evidence with the assignment, explaining the circumstances. The examiner shall consider the statement accompanying a late assignment and decide on the outcome. (iv) Assignments are to be submitted with the appropriate assignment cover. (v) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (vi) The examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile. (vii) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  3. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  5. Dishonest actions: (i) Any student who is alleged to have performed a dishonest action relating to any assessment in the course will have a course of action taken against him/her as outlined in the academic regulations. (ii) Pieces of assessment should be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the examiner. (iii) Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism, that is, taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive, which occurs when paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence which are copied directly, are not enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately footnoted or referenced in the text; direct quotations are not used, but text is paraphrased or summarised, and the source of the material is not acknowledged by footnoting or other reference in the text.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.