CORPFIN 6010 - Understanding SMSF Trustees
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 6010 Course Understanding SMSF Trustees Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description The subject aims to develop advisers? knowledge and skills in behavioural finance and how this affects the decision making process of SMSF Trustees. Students will examine the central tenets from the field of behavioural finance, particularly those findings that provide insights into psychological influences in investment decision-making. Investors? decisions are influenced by a range of factors, some of which operate beyond conscious awareness and may result in measurable, systematic biases in investment decisions.
As one of three core subjects in this qualification, students will have the opportunity to develop their academic writing and research skills.
Course Coordinator: Mrs Tania Turner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Critically review relevant contemporay behavioural finance models
2. Evaluate the application of different behavioural finance models in the adviser-trustee relationship
3. Research and explain factors resulting in measurable, systemic biases in investment decisions including differences between collective and individual decison making processes
4. Analyse the impact of behavioural biases on SMSF fund investment strategies
5. Develop a methodology for mentoring and guiding SMSF trustees
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
All Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
All Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
All Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
All Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
All Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesInvestor behaviour: the psychology of financial planning and investing, 2914
Authors: HK Baker & V Ricciardi
Oublisher: John Wiley & Sons
Recommended ResourcesSupplementary reference materials and learning resources are provided within the course online site
Online LearningThis course is delivered pre-dominantly online via the MyUni site.
Weekly topics and assessment must be accessed and viewed online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis is an online course, students are expected to undertake the weekly topics as per the Activity Planners
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students should expect to work through a topic per week by the date provided on the Activity Planner.
Students are required to complete 1 assignment for this course plus set aside time to study for the exam.
The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours for a three-unit course of private study outside your regular classes.
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 1 - Origins of behavioural finance
Topic 2 - Traditional and behavioural finance
Topic 3 - Emotional decision making
Topic 4 - Personality traits
Topic 5 - Risk perception and risk tolerance
Topic 6 - Behavioural portfolio theory
Topic 7 - Advising the behavioural investor
Topic 8 - Financial therapy
Topic 9 - SMSF trustee coaching and observational awareness
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome Critical review essay Week 6 40% 1,2,3 Exam Week 12 60% All Total 100%
Assessment DetailCritical Review essay
This is an individual assignment due in Week 6 and presents 40% of the final grade.
Students are required to write a critical review essay on an industry report. This assignment requires students to investigate and evaluate the report.
The review needs to be 2000 +/- 10% in word length and submitted via Turnitin on the course site
The exam consists of long and short answer questions representing 60% of the final grade.
SubmissionAssignment must be submitted via Turnitin by the due date
The review needs to be 2000 +/- 10% in word length. A penalty of 5% for every 100 words outside this limit will apply
Assignments submitted after the due date will need to be emailed to the Program co-ordinator and will be penalised 5% for each day it is overdue
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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