FIN560 Financial Planning (8)

This subject introduces the concepts involved in personal financial planning, placing particular attention to the various processes and principles which are involved. It provides an overview of the laws and regulations relating to the financial planning industry, the forms of government assistance to individuals, the choice of investments available, and the role of insurance and superannuation. The subject will introduce students to the tasks associated with the development of financial plans and develop their ability to construct financial plans through the study materials, case studies and practical workshops.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FIN560. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate Courses in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to reflect critically on the structure, regulation and participants in the financial planning industry;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate various approaches to the financial planning process;
  • be able to use effective communication skills and financial planning principles to establish client goals and risk profile and develop a strategic statement that will form the basis of the financial plan;
  • be able to evaluate sources of consumer credit and apply investment strategies for wealth accumulation;
  • be able to apply risk management and taxation strategies for wealth protection;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of legal, social security, and retirement-related rules associated with financial planning;
  • be able to create, present, and interpret a professional-quality Statement of Advice that includes documentation of the decision process and a detailed action plan.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the financial planning profession;
  • the financial planning process and the Statement of Advice;
  • communication with clients;
  • successful financial planning;
  • budgeting and credit management;
  • investing in shares and bonds;
  • managed funds;
  • investment risk;
  • insurance;
  • taxation issues;
  • superannuation;
  • social security;
  • estate planning.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of FIN560 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Ethics paper
Role play - compulsory assessment
Statement of advice
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.