Courses & Units

Ethics and Professionalism BFA515

This unit is approved as a bridging course by FASEA.


The study of ethics, from the Greek meaning ‘character’, may be defined as the philosophical enquiry into theories of human conduct: establishing what is morally right as opposed to what is morally wrong. Ethics may be simply described as moral philosophy, or perhaps the principles of goodness by which people live. For the purpose of this unit, we may use the term ethics interchangeably with right conduct or moral goodness. Essentially ethics is the reasoning behind our assessment of the morality of actions or decisions. We will study professional ethics and codes of conduct as mechanisms whereby professions are able to represent to the public that certain standards of behaviour, competence and care are being met. Codes of ethics are universal statements of principle, which provide adherents with general guidance about positive or good behaviour. A code of conduct typically provides some form of rules, which are specific and relate to certain behaviours in that profession or business. These rules usually provide descriptions of conduct, which is unacceptable to the profession or business. Some professions and organisations combine codes of ethics and codes of conduct while others, such as the Financial Adviser Association of Australia, keep the two separate.


Unit name Ethics and Professionalism
Unit code BFA515
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting
Coordinator Mr Paul Taranto
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the importance of the FASEA Code of Ethics and the values that underpin it.
  • Contrast different ethics frameworks as applied to financial planning incorporating sustainable principles.
  • Apply ethics frameworks to resolve dilemmas that are encountered in the role of a financial adviser.
  • Explain the importance of the best interest duty of a financial adviser and the due diligence in maintaining client records.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080101 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,979.00

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Teaching Pattern

 For this unit, on-campus classes will be delivered in intensive two hour block workshops, six times a semester. Please refer to the Timetable and MyLO site for further details.

AssessmentResearch task (25%)|Take home exam (30%)|Two written professional reflections (45%)
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