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This unit is approved as a bridging course by FASEA.


The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) has announced mandatory educational requirements and professional standards for the financial advice sector. The University of Tasmania is an approved FASEA Higher Education Provider, which means the BFA515 Ethics and Professionalism meets the requirements of the FASEA Ethics for Professional Advisers bridging course.

Codes of ethics are universal statements of principle, which provide adherents with general guidance about positive or good behaviour. Your studies will cover professional ethics and codes of conduct as mechanisms to respond to ethical dilemmas and ensure certain standards of behaviour, competence and care are being met.

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 Planning Association, keep the two separate. On completion of this unit, you will gain a professional understanding of the obligations and conduct required by the values and standards of the FASEA Code of Ethics.

Are you interested in studying the Ethics and Professionalism bridging course or another single unit?

Those who do not wish to complete a Graduate Diploma, but are interested in studying a single unit, apply for non-award study here.

Summary 2021

Unit name Ethics and Professionalism
Unit code BFA515
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability

Dr John McLaren (Semester 1, 2021)

5 Week Session September, 2021 Unit Coordinator TBA

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

LO1Articulate the importance of the FASEA Code of Ethics and the values that underpin it.
LO2Contrast different ethical frameworks as applied to financial planning.
LO3Apply ethical frameworks to solve dilemmas that are encountered in the role of a financial planner and financial adviser.
LO4Explain the importance of the best interest duty of a financial planner and the due diligence in maintaining client records.







Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:




Research Paper 25%, Take Home Exam 30%, Reflection 45%.

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