Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M640

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

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

 

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core units

MAA719Superannuation and Retirement Planning ~

MAA745Financial Planning Fundamentals #

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law

MPS701Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

~ Previously coded MAF708

# Previously coded MAF765

Elective units

Plus 2 credit points of elective units from:

MAF704Treasury and Risk Management

MAF711Modelling Techniques for Finance

MMH733Ethics for Managers

MMP742Investment Valuation

MPA701Accounting

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPE781Economics for Managers

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Entry requirements - general

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.

Entry requirements - specific

Minimum entry requirements

 -  Bachelor degree in same discipline

or

 - Masters degree in different discipline

or

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

 

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

M770 Master of Financial Planning

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.