Investment and Financial Planning Project

FIN30017 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours Face to Face + Blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

Aims and objectives

The aims of this unit are to introduce knowledge of investment theories, strategies and instruments and their applications in construction of statement of advice. In particular, the unit focuses on the understanding and the applications of modern finance theories and how these theories influence investment planning decisions. Students will use relevant technologies and learn to construct and present a comprehensive statement of advice that fulfils the legal and ethical obligations of a financial advisor.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) 
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the role of the financial system and the various regulatory bodies, their functions, the key participants in order to identify the potential risks affecting such systems.
2. Identify appropriate investment opportunities such as the various financial markets and the characteristics and instruments traded on such markets.
3. Apply modern finance theories such as portfolio theory, efficient market hypothesis and behavioural finance, in order to determine how they impact investment decisions.
4. Construct and defend a multi-asset portfolio that meets client’s objectives and constraints.
5. Work effectively in diverse teams.