Course Title: Professional Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: TBA

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on key theoretical and practical approaches to business ethics with a focus on financial planning and advisory services. This course will develop your understanding of a profession and its members’ ethical responsibilities at an individual and organisational level. This course highlights the importance of personal values underpinning ethical behaviour.

Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) code of Ethics are explained and analysed in detail and examined in Case scenarios.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course you will be able to:


1. Collaborate and work in teams to research and provide advice on ethical issues faced by financial planners

2. Undertake research into ethical practice and theory in a business context

3. Identify and critically evaluate and analyse ethical problems based on ethical theories and research

4. Effectively communicate your well-reasoned ethical stance to key financial planning stakeholders

5. Critically evaluate and explain to professional and non-professional audiences the importance of ethics and professional judgement in financial planning.

6. Identify and critically evaluate the personal values required to make ethical decisions




Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: face to face workshops, use of online materials and resources, debates, case studies, applied research on current issues, guest speakers and completion of weekly 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: 20%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6

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.