This unit introduces students to the financial planning process and the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The unit considers issues relating to risk management, estate planning, salary packaging, investment and retirement planning covered in earlier units and incorporates all of these areas into a Comprehensive Statement of Advice (SOA). Students will utilise industry software and technology to facilitate the process of producing the SOA. In addition, students will learn about research methodologies to conduct a research project on aspects of financial planning industry.

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Teaching Period 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of fundamental concepts and key techniques in financial planning
  • Critically analyse financial planning scopes to develop strategies and formulate an ethical, Comprehensive Statement of Advice
  • Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of technology and research various financial planning products
  • Apply research methodologies in developing a research project
  • Communicate proficiently and in a professional context and work effectively as a member of a team

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Presentation and ReportGroup 40 - 60% 1,2,5 
Research ReportIndividual 40 - 60% 1,3,4 


  • Financial planning scopes, strategies and products
  • FASEA Code of ethics
  • Best interest duty and conflict of interest
  • Advice cycle
  • Use of technology in the development of a SOA
  • Financial Technologies including, WealthTech, Insurtech, Robo-advise and Artificial intelligence
  • Research process
  • Research methodologies
  • Data analysis
  • Research report writing

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.