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MAA250 - Ethics for Financial Professionals


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MAA350
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jahan Khan
Trimester 3: Steven Low

MAA103, MAF101

Incompatible with: MAA350
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week 

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning including 11 scheduled online workshops of 1 hour duration.


As a requirement of International Education Standard 4 released by the International Federation of Accountants, the unit develops students' appreciation of ethics and their ability to evaluate and apply ethical principles in the decision-making process in accounting, financial planning and finance. Topics covered include: the nature of ethics; personal and organisational ethical factors; ethical theories and principles applicable to finance professionals; ethical decision-making models; ethical issues and conflicts of interest in the financial services industry; professional codes of ethics and workplace ethics; corporate social responsibility; and principles of corporate governance.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply ethical theories, principles and decision-making models in arriving at a professional judgements in national and international settings.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Communicate and meet the responsibilities of finance professionals in relation to stakeholder interests

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Develop personal insights into career readiness to respond to ethical issues as a financial professional

GLO6: Self-management


Apply codes of ethics for finance professionals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual): Interview 10 minutes 20% Week 3
Assessment 2 (Individual): Case Study 2,500 words 30% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Individual): Written Reflection (Self) 1,500 words 20% Week 10
Open Book Examination 2-hours 30% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAA250 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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