Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

Launch or advance your career as a financial planner, and advise clients how to get the most out of their investments. Learn about portfolio management, investment, securities and retirement planning when you study financial planning at Deakin.

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is a professionally-oriented course specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry. The course is aimed at those aspiring to join the financial planning industry as well as those currently employed in the industry wishing to advance their knowledge.

On completion you may wish to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Financial Planning.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Please note: Full time study is available in Trimester 1 and 2 only

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$29,480 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code

M640

Level

Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline

OR

  • Masters degree in different discipline

OR

  • Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 years relevant work experience

Trimester 3 2017:

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline

OR

  • Graduate Certificate in any discipline

OR

  • At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

 

Professional Recognition

Units required to satisfy the minimum training requirements of ASIC’s RG146 are detailed in the summary document entitled FPEC RG146 Summary provided by the Financial Planning Association.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced understanding and application of core financial planning concepts and theories.
Communication Apply appropriate communication skills within the context of providing advice on financial matters.
Digital literacy Use appropriate digital technologies to identify and disseminate complex information, concepts and theories.
Critical thinking Apply a systematic research process and develop a clearly articulated argument to support a view and use it to justify one or more conclusions.
Problem solving Apply problem solving skills necessary to conceptualise and solve complex issues in financial planning.
Self-management Demonstrate independent study and learning in the field of financial planning.
Teamwork Identify challenges associated with organising and managing teams in professional contexts and the importance of providing an instructional framework to nurture teamwork.
Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
   

 

Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 8 credit points consisting of 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units chosen from a specified list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point

From Trimester 2 2017:

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 8 credit points consisting of 7 credit points of core units and a 1 credit point elective unit chosen from a specified list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point

7

Core units

1

Elective units

8

Total units

Core units

  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning MAA719 ~
  • Financial Planning Fundamentals MAA745 #
  • Financial Markets MAF702
  • Investments and Portfolio Management MAF707
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703
  • Principles of Risk Management and Insurance MAA746 *
  • ~ Previously coded MAF708

    # Previously coded MAF765

    * Previously coded MPS701

    From Trimester 2 2017:

  • Estate Planning and Risk Management Strategies MAA700 ^
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning MAA719 ~
  • Managing Client Relationships MAA728 *
  • Financial Planning Fundamentals MAA745 #
  • Investments and Portfolio Management MAF707
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703
  • Commercial and Corporations Law MLC707
  • ~ Previously coded MAF708

    * Previously coded MAF714

    # Previously coded MAF765

    ^ New unit consolidating MAA746 and MAA729

    Elective units

    Plus 2 credit points of elective units from:

  • Financial Planning Development MAA727 *
  • Treasury and Risk Management MAF704
  • Modelling Techniques for Finance MAF711
  • Ethics for Managers MMH733
  • Investment Valuation MMP742
  • Accounting MPA701
  • MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • #MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

    * Highly recommended in order to satisfy industry accreditation requirements.

    From Trimester 2 2017:

    Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:

  • Financial Planning Development MAA727 *
  • Financial Markets MAF702
  • Treasury and Risk Management MAF704
  • Modelling Techniques for Finance MAF711
  • Ethics for Managers MMH733
  • Investment Valuation MMP742
  • Accounting MPA701
  • MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • #MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

    * Highly recommended in order to satisfy industry accreditation requirements.

    How to apply

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    Course pathways

    Further study options

    M770 Master of Financial Planning

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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