CORPFIN 6011OL - SMSF Strategic Advice

Online - Semester 2 - 2019

This subject is an exploration of complex strategies that can be utilised by an SMSF within various stages of its lifecycle. In particular, students will conduct an in-depth examination of the use of the available sophisticated financial instruments to assist with fund goals and objectives being met. As one of three core subjects in this qualification, students will further develop their critical thinking, problem solving, written and professional communication skills. Importantly, students will be expected to formulate a plan for their future professional development as a specialist SMSF adviser.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 6011OL
    Course SMSF Strategic Advice
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites SMSF Best Practice and Understanding SMSF Trustees ? CORPFIN 6009OL & CORPFIN 6010OL
    Assessment Exam/assignments/case studies as prescribed at first session
    Course Staff
    Peter Hogan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Execute the operations of a SMSF throughout various lifecycles
    2. Investigate, identify and interpret psychology and economic factors that contribute to a SMSF trustees actions
    3. Analyse and interpret how specific SMSF behavious affect theSMSF fund investment strategy
    4. Provide specialised technical advice and solutions to SMSF tructees and related parties
    5. Demonstrate effective communication skills to convey complex technical advice to different audiences
    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)
    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
    2 & 3
    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
    4 & 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    2, 3 & 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Leow, J & Murphy 2016, Australian Master Superannuation Guide 2017/18, 21st edn, Sydney, CCH Australia
    Recommended Resources
    Supplementary reference materials and learning resources are provided within the course online site
    Online Learning
    This 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 Modes
    This 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.

    Students should expect to work through a topic per week by the due date provided on the Activity Planner.

    Students are required to complete 1 assignment and weekly quizzes for this course plus set aside time to study for the exam.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1 - Identifying SMSF Strategic Advice opportunities
    Topic 2 - Limited Recourse borrowing arrangements
    Topic 3 - Alternatives to gearing
    Topic 4 - Insurance inside versus outside an SMSF
    Topic 5 - Investment strategies in an SMSF
    Topic 6 - Small business CGT relief
    Topic 7 - SMSF Estate Planning
    Topic 8 - Pensions
    Topic 9 - Personal succession
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Weekly Quizzes Week 11 20% All
    Assignment Week 6 30% All
    Exam Week 13 50% All
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail
    Weekly Quizzes
    There are 8 weekly quizzes in total each consisting of 5 questions. The quizzes represents 20% of the final grade. 

    This is an individual assignment due in Week 6 and presents 30% of the final grade.
    Students are required to answer three (3) questions.
    The overall word limit is 1000 +/- 10% and submitted via Turnitin on the course site.

    This is an open book exam consisting of long and short answer questions representing 50% of the final grade.
    Weekly Quizzes must be completed on MyUni.

    Assignment must be submitted via Turnitin by the due date. 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
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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