Course Title: Conduct product research to support recommendations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5343 Diploma of Financial Planning

Course Title: Conduct product research to support recommendations

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2016,
Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out research by interpreting available information, and analysing and reviewing research findings and activities to enable the determination of financial investment strategies and options.

It applies to individuals who work in a range of financial services job roles involving research functions.                                   

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSINC501 Conduct product research to support recommendations


1. Interpret available information and conduct research

2. Analyse and review research findings and activities

3. Document research and distribute to relevant parties

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • establish and meet required research deadlines
  • accurately interpret and comply with relevant legislative requirements
  • access and interpret available information accurately and comprehensively
  • comply with statutory disclosure requirements
  • document research findings concisely and clearly for distribution purposes.

Knowledge Evidence

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

  • identify sources and parties that provide relevant information for research on financial products
  • describe the current economic climate and forecasted outlook for relevant financial products
  • explain financial forecasting techniques and tools to be used to assess the market for financial products
  • identify and outline local and international financial markets and investment outlook for financial products
  • describe organisational policy, procedures and requirements relevant to products and research
  • identify and describe key features of industry legislation and codes of practice relevant to product research, and protocols to be followed
  • describe techniques and tools for evaluation and interpretation of research data. 

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:

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • financial services product information.

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.