Course Title: Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EMPL7068C

Course Title: Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5343 - Diploma of Financial Planning

Course Contact: Callie Harvey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dario Bartolomeo


Nominal Hours: 30

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 identify industry professional approaches to procedures, guidelines, policies and standards, including ethical requirements, and to model and meet expectations of these in all aspects of work.

It applies to individuals who work in senior roles in the financial services industry and underpins other specialist units used in all sectors of the industry.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.                  

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry


1. Identify scope, sectors and responsibilities of industry

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and consider external forces impacting on financial services industry while carrying out activities 1.2 Identify main sectors of financial services industry and interrelationship between sectors in carrying out activities 1.3 Identify roles and responsibilities of other learners in financial services industry in carrying out activities


2. Identify and apply guidelines, procedures and legislation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Collect, apply and analyse information on relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice as applied to financial services industry 2.2 Clarify own work practice and regularly refine in light of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice, and organisational policy, guidelines and procedures 2.3 Apply relevant codes of practice in an ethical approach to workplace practice and decisions


3. Identify sustainability issues

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Obtain and analyse information on sustainability policies, strategies and impacts on industry from a range of sources 3.2 Identify and promote environmental sustainability as an integral part of business planning and business opportunity 3.3 Incorporate and support triple bottom line principles in work planning


4. Manage information

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Read and discuss with appropriate persons relevant documents and reports that could impact on work effectiveness and compliance 4.2 Analyse, evaluate and check documents, reports, data and numerical calculations to meet customer and organisational requirements 4.3 Present information in format appropriate for audience


5. Participate in and facilitate work team activities

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Provide feedback to team members to encourage, value and reward individual and team efforts, and contributions 5.2 Actively encourage team members to participate in and take responsibility for team activities and communication processes 5.3 Support team to identify and resolve problems which impede its performance 5.4 Ensure own work serves as role model for others and enhances organisation's image and financial services industry


6. Plan work to be completed

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Determine tasks to be done and identify relevant conditions to work autonomously or in team environment 6.2 Plan work to manage resources, time and priorities 6.3 Contribute to organisational planning process as required to achieve service improvement 6.4 Adapt to changes in technology and work organisation in timely manner


7. Develop and maintain personal competency

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify and review personal professional development needs and goals on regular basis 7.2 Clarify and comply with competency, authorisation and licensing requirements 7.3 Seek professional development opportunities that reflect needs and goals in agreed timeframe

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 activities, discussion threads, reflective journals on industry updates, presentations, quizzes and interactive sessions.

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

You are expected to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning 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:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • 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 has been 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. 

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
  • Activities

Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

◾access, interpret and analyse product and service information provided by industry sectors in an effective and timely manner
◾interpret and comply with relevant financial services legislation, regulations and industry codes of practice, and ethics applicable to the workplace
◾recognise and implement sustainability principles and work practices
◾accurately analyse, evaluate and organise relevant information
◾effectively plan work and maintain a team environment, taking into account any constraints and available resources
◾identify and evaluate appropriate professional development opportunities.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:
◾discuss environmental or sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to industry and organisations
◾outline the main sectors in the financial services industry and the interrelationships between the sectors
◾explain industry and organisational policy and procedures and ethical behaviours in regard to customer service and administration
◾outline industry and organisational security practices and rationale
◾identify internal administration systems such as accounting systems and databases
◾explain principles, practices and available tools and techniques of sustainability management relevant to the industry context
◾explain key requirements of relevant legislation, statutory requirements and industry codes of practice as they relate to:

  • consumer credit
  • privacy
  • financial transaction reporting
  • corporations (including accounting standards)
  • financial services

◾identify the economic and political climate relating to the financial services industry
◾explain triple bottom line principles used in work planning.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the industry capability field and include access to:
◾organisational policy, procedures, legislation, regulations and codes of practice
◾specialist financial services software and data
◾common office equipment, technology, software and consumables.
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:

FNSFPL501 - Comply with Financial planning practice ethical and operational guidelines and regulations.

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  apply their learning to particular simulated work scenarios and demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways.


Task 1- ​ Exercises & Mini Problem Solving Activities (Weeks 3 - 13)

For this Assessment Task you are required to demonstrate your knowledge by completing a series of six theory and problem solving activities over the course of the semester from weeks 3 to 13. You will be required to submit each activity as specified in the weekly schedule.

The purpose of the activities is to enhance your understanding and ability to apply the knowledge to practice in the following areas:

  1. key economic indicators
  2. regulatory bodies of the financial services industry and their specific role
  3. managed investment products as managed funds and their suitability to particular client demographics
  4. disclosure requirements required in a statement of advice
  5. client engagement and methods in building a rapport with the client
  6. key content items to be included in an agenda of a corporate licensee standard for an initial financial planning meeting with a new client

Task 2 - Workplace Simulated Projects​ (Week 7)

For this project you will assume that you are working as a financial adviser for the Swanston Banking Group Ltd.  You will be required to produce a Financial Services Guide covering a range of items that a client will need to carefully consider before using the financial services of the Swanston Banking Group Ltd.

In the second part of the assessment you will be required to produce an information kit explaining to potential clients the type of documents that they will be referred to during the financial planning process.


You will then need to write a briefing document to accompany the information kit to be used as part of the induction process for a new staff member commencing work at the bank.

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 in client needs and engagement, your communication skills in presenting that knowledge and your problem-solving skill in answering the questions posed.

A number of Learning Audit Dates have been scheduled and you are expected to progress as per the set targets throughout their studies. 

Task 3 – Supervised Assessment (week 15)

For this Assessment Task you are required to demonstrate your knowledge of the financial services industry 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 covered throughout the semester. This assessment will take place during your normal scheduled class time.

You must successfully complete all assessment tasks to achieve competency.

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


Assessment Matrix




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. <check links are still current>

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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. <check links are still current>

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Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

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.

Adjustments to Assessment

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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:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

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

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