Course Title: Promote understanding of the role and effective use of consumer credit

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: BAFI5224C

Course Title: Promote understanding of the role and effective use of consumer credit

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4369 - Certificate IV in Banking Services

Course Contact: Callie Harvey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michael Elliot

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explain the functions and implications of different forms of consumer credit as part of developing the financial skills of clients.

It applies to individuals who use a range of communication styles and techniques to provide comprehensive analysis of information in managerial support or service roles, particularly to clients with minimal financial awareness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSCRD503 Promote understanding of the role and effective use of consumer credit


1. Identify types of appropriate consumer credit options for clients

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify clients' financial situations, requirements and objectives in regards to consumer credit by making reasonable enquiries 1.2 Explain types of appropriate consumer credit facilities to clients in plain language 1.3 Provide clients with written supporting documentation and guide them through key aspects of documentation


2. Identify and discuss costs of using credit

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain relevant features, terms and conditions of appropriate consumer credit facilities to clients, with impacts and possible risks disclosed in a clear and concise manner 2.2 Explain fees and costs associated with different types of credit options for clients 2.3 Demonstrate how to interpret differences between advertised interest rates and comparison rates to clients


3. Promote effective use of consumer credit

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss strategies to avoid excessive or unmanageable debt with clients in relation to their financial situations 3.2 Discuss strategies to minimise fees and cost of credit with clients


4. Provide clients with information regarding credit reference reports

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain role of credit reference agencies to clients in plain language 4.2 Emphasise purpose and use of credit reference reports in assessing loan applications and explain implications of establishing a poor credit history to clients 4.3 Explain right to access and methods of obtaining own credit reference report, and provide relevant contact details to clients for follow up if required

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to web based research and discussion threads, portfolios of evidence quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

The delivery for this course is a two-hour class per week and two hours of online work. You are expected to complete two hours of structured online study for this course each week for 16 weeks. This online learning should consist of reading the material within the learning hub and completing scheduled exercises.

You are also expected to undertake additional research in identifying key financial terms used in the industry and completing web based searches to assist in completion of both in class activities and assignments.  

You are expected to participate and contribute in all scheduled activities.



Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:

o    Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers

o    Assessment of current skills and knowledge

  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities


The Teaching Schedule for this course is attached to this document (Part B) but please note that it is subject to
change. The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort
required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of
effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non classroom
activities including the self paced activities in the workbooks.

This cluster is delivered face to face for two hours per week and two hours per week via structured online learning for 16 weeks


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:
Course outlines
Power point Presentations
Course Workbooks
Supporting Reading material
Industry relevant articles

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • comply with legislative requirements, industry regulations and code of conduct when identifying types of appropriate consumer credit options for clients and providing documentation
  • explain the features, terms and conditions of the appropriate consumer credit facilities to clients, taking into account any special needs
  • provide clients with a detailed analysis of the fees, costs and risks of appropriate consumer credit facilities
  • identify for clients strategies to use appropriate consumer credit facilities effectively
  • explain the consequences of a poor credit reference history to clients

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • explain the effect of the current economic environment on an individual’s credit and debt options
  • explain the advantages and disadvantages of credit
  • describe the principles of lending and credit
  • outline the key differences between secured and unsecured loans
  • describe the key features of relevant legislative requirements, industry regulations and codes of conduct, and how they impact on dealings with clients
  • define the roles and relationships between participants within the Australian financial services industry, including banks and other financial intermediaries
  • describe key features, terms and conditions, and risks of a range of consumer credit facilities, including fees and costs


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the credit management field of work and include access to:

  • common office equipment, technology and consumables
  • financial services product information
  • relevant software systems and data
  • organisational policy and procedures

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with the following competencies:

FNSASIC302 Develop, present and negotiate client solutions

FNSASIC301 Establish client relationships and analysis needs

FNSINC402 Develop and maintain in depth knowledge of products and services used by an organisation sector

Critical Aspects of assessment are described above in the performance evidence for this course.

The assessments for this course have been designed to allow participants to apply their learning to particular simulated work scenarios and demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways.

Task 1 – Assignment (Due Week  5, 1st August)

This assessment has been designed for you to further develop your knowledge and skills to develop your knowledge of products and services used in the organisations or sector. You will further enhance your skills in establishing client relationship, analyse their needs and develop financial solutions that meets the client needs as well as presenting and negotiating client solutions including in consumer credit.

You are required to demonstrate your knowledge by completing a series of theory and problem solving questions that involve research and the application of concepts relevant to compliance and professional practices.

The purpose of this assignment is to enhance your understanding and ability to apply the knowledge to practice in the following areas relevant to the financial services industry.

For this assessment task you are required to demonstrate your knowledge by completing a series of ten short answer questions that address the topics covered in weeks 1 to 4 including building rapport with a client, Spam Act, National Consumer Credit Protection, Credit Representatives, Australian Credit License, Approved product lists, fact finds.

Students will be expected to engage in conversation in class to enhance their understanding of the topics and work on the relevant questions of the assignment. The teacher will provide guidance on the format of the assessment and assistance in the completion of the questions.

Your teacher, when giving feedback may ask you to identify key issues or clarify your understanding of specific information given in the assessment.

You are required to satisfactorily complete all questions in this task to satisfy the requirements of this task.

Task 2 – Partnered Assignment handed out on week 7 (14/8) Due in Week (Week 12)

The purpose of the assessment is to enable you to demonstrate a breadth of understanding across all of the course material at an independent level. It assesses the knowledge you have obtained through undertaking the topic, your communication skills in presenting that knowledge and your problem-solving skills in answering the questions posed.


You are required to pair with one of your peers to that involves the following:

  1. Undertake research of various questions related to financial services within the banking sector and document the findings into a business format document. The information should be written in plain English that can be easily read and understood by an everyday consumer.
  2. Understand and display knowledge of the various questions asked within the assignment.

The assessment will be available on Blackboard in Week 7 and your teacher will provide you with guidance on how to address the requirements. You will have the opportunity to seek advice from your teacher on a number of check points throughout the semester referred to as learning audit dates. You are required to satisfactorily complete all questions in this task.

Learning Audit Dates

You will be required to show drafts of your work to the teacher to received regular feedback before the final submission. The Assessment Schedule includes the weeks of the scheduled Learning Audit Dates.

Task 3 – Final Assessment Supervised Assessment (Week 15, 16/10)

For this Assessment Task you are required to demonstrate your knowledge by completing an open book in class supervised assessment comprised of a series of theoretical and practical questions including: short answer and mini case studies. The purpose of this Task is to assess your understanding of the concepts and issues included in the topics from weeks 4 to 13.

This assessment will take place during your normal scheduled class time. 

You are required to satisfactorily complete all questions in this task.

Your teacher, when giving feedback may ask you to identify key issues or clarify your understanding of specific information given in the assessment.


You must successfully complete all assessment tasks to satisfactorily meet the requirements of this course.

Grading will be applied once you have been deemed competent for this competency.


Assessment Matrix


Please refer to the program shell for detailed information.


Other Information


Submission Requirements

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.  
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.   For example, Callie Harvey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information

Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. 

More Information:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Grading & re-submissions

Re-submissions do not contribute to your overall grade for the course.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

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Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.


Marking Guide (Grading)


After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:


Final Grades table:



Competent with High Distinction




Competent with Distinction




Competent with Credit




Competency Achieved – Graded




Not Yet Competent




Did Not Submit for assessment









Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.




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