Course Title: Applications in Financial Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applications in Financial Planning

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: TBA

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are recommended to have completed the following course or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Course ID 053769 Financial Planning Regulatory Obligations

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a range of financial planning processes and its activities, examining typical client advice scenarios that are encountered by a financial adviser. In this course students will be introduced to applications in financial planning. The development of appropriate and relevant financial advice for clients requires the integration of a range of skills and a substantial body of technical knowledge. This body of knowledge includes areas such as investment analysis, taxation planning, risk management and insurance planning, superannuation planning for retirement, estate planning, family law and social security issues.

Students will have the opportunity to discuss and develop potential financial planning strategies and solutions. Students will also prepare and present a comprehensive Statement of Advice for a client. The course will therefore develop the student’s ability to identify and research issues, consider and evaluate possible alternatives and solutions. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Synthesize and apply knowledge of how to build a client relationship, collect client data, and set client goals with the “informed consent” of the client.
  2. Analyse, and evaluate relevant information as part of complex financial advice scenarios.
  1. Apply research principles and methods to construct and present a comprehensive Statement of Advice to meet client objectives. 
  1. Justify and communicate potential alternative solutions in typical client advice scenarios to clients and peers.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your  learning  will  be  supported  through  various  activities  which  may include  quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; debating selected topics on discussion forums and producing written work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 

Assessment Task 2: 60%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOS: 1, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.