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Specialisation: Retirement Outcomes

Award(s) to which this specialisation belongs:
 

Retirement Outcomes

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Department:
Department of Applied Finance
Faculty:
Faculty of Business and Economics

Admission Requirements:
Admission to Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
Study Mode:
Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal
Commencement:
Sydney, CBD — Term 2 (March)
Melbourne — Term 2 (March)

This specialisation must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 12 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

800 level

Required
2
Life Cycle Investing (2)
 
Required
10cp from
 
Investment and Credit Analysis (2)
 
 
Applied Portfolio Management (2)
 
 
Corporate Finance (4)
 
 
Risk and Portfolio Construction (2)
 
 
Economics of Financial Markets (2)
 
 
Private Wealth Management (2)
 
10
Alternative Assets (2)
 

TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED TO SATISFY THIS SPECIALISATION

12
Overview and Aims of the Program The GradDipAppFin(Retirement Outcomes) has been established to fill a gap in education offerings to the superannuation/funds industry. The financial services industry is increasing its focus on finding solutions for funding retirement outcomes, driven by: increasing portion of members retiring; longevity improvements; and recent earnings volatility. Unlike the considerable knowledge and understanding of the accumulation phase of superannuation, there is debate and opposing views regarding managing the drawdown phase through retirement.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative


Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the key theories, concepts, models and recent developments in applied portfolio and wealth management with particular emphasis on whole of life investing (K);
2. Demonstrate specialised technical skills required to evaluate the key theories, concepts, models and recent developments in applied portfolio and wealth management with particular emphasis on whole of like investing (K);
3. Evaluate established knowledge and critically analyse issues in applied portfolio and wealth management (T);
4. Apply solutions to problems in applied finance using professional judgment and choices that involve trade-offs (P, J);
5. Effectively communicate to diverse audiences (C);
6. Identify and analyse contemporary industry challenges and ethical issues in a global financial context (E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods The GradDipAppFin (Retirement Outcomes) offers an opportunity for finance industry professionals with prior studies in a business/finance discipline to study at an advanced level in a specialised field. Students sit alongside our MAppFin participants.

The learning and teaching methods applicable to the GradDipAppFin are identical to those of the MAppFin program.

We want the best learning experience for our students, and use a range of learning and teaching methods to achieve this. Our GradDipAppFin (and also MAppFin) emphasises face-to-face learning in real time and is recognised by industry for the applied nature of the learning environment. We cater to a variety of learning styles. Students have the opportunity to learn through independent and collaborative study, peer discussion, research, reflective practice, and self-directed methods.

Our learning and teaching strategies include:

• “Applied” Focus: The GradDipAppFin is a practitioner-oriented program. While academically rigorous, it has a strong practical emphasis with a strong focus on “real world” issues. It focuses directly on how finance is practiced today and provides the conceptual framework to allow students to understand and influence what happens tomorrow.

• Quality Teaching Faculty: All our faculty members have hands-on industry experience, adding a uniquely practical edge to their teaching.

• Focus on Real World Finance: We are committed to making sure that students gain knowledge and skills that are relevant in today’s financial environment. Our course structure and program content have been designed to ensure that students learn how finance works in the world, not just in theory. Our teaching faculty share insights from their own careers and use a range of case studies to highlight important concepts.

• Student Experience: GradDipAppFin students have 2 or more years of relevant work experience, meaning that they learn from each other’s experiences as well as those of the teaching faculty. We only accept students who are able to add value to the group and contribute generously to discussions.

• Content: Our program is structured to provide depth of learning in a sharply focussed area. It combines a rigorous core curriculum with targeted elective offerings.

• Flexible program: Students set the pace at which they progress through the program, affording them the greatest level of flexibility. Balancing work and study commitments is easy because our program is portable across our teaching locations in Australia. Students can attend lectures in Sydney and Melbourne.

These strategies are applied utilising the following key teaching methods:

• Lectures: The GradDipAppFin is taught in modern classrooms utilising interactive technologies. Students are encouraged to “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) which supports real-time teaching aids using technology, when solving problems or understanding models. Case study analysis is a key component of the curriculum, as students genuinely apply their understanding of finance to real-world issues.

• On-line Media: Students will have access to a variety of on-line resources to facilitate and enrich their learning experience.

• Independent Learning: Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety self-directed study and research projects.

• Group Learning: Students will have the opportunity to engage in on-line discussion forums, peer review and reflective exercises. Selected tasks may involve group work enabling collaborative and creative approaches to deconstructing and solving problems.

• Feedback: Students receive formative feedback from lecturers to monitor performance and indicate improvements necessary.
Assessment All units offered in the GradDipAppFin are units from the MAppFin program and are taught and assessed at the same level.

Assessment for this program is predominantly based on a student’s individual performance and mainly focused on the application of theoretical knowledge to real world scenarios.

Various tasks are used to assess cognitive, integrative and professional capabilities. Assessment tasks may include:

• Written assignments within traditional academic forma and / or pertinent to simulation of relevant industry application;

• Quizzes, including on-line;

• Reflective journal. Students are encouraged to undertake reflective practice throughout all units, as professional practice is embedded across the elective units;

• Group presentation activity (assessing the learning outcomes of collaborative and communication skills);

• Independent research;

• Engagement in discussions, including oral presentations in professional contexts; and

• Written examinations.

Clear standards and criteria for what is assessed and how it is assessed, are contained in each unit guide. Students are given formative feedback following each assessment task.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.


Information can be found at: https://mq.edu.au/rpl

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at www.students.mq.edu.au/support/

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
www.students.mq.edu.au/support/wellbeing

Further support, unique to the GradDipAppFin (and MAppFin), includes:
• GradDipAppFin orientation and induction sessions;
• Opportunities for membership of and interaction with professional associations (CFA, PRMIA, FINSIA, Association of Corporate Treaurers UK and CAIA) and industry representatives at networking events open to students and alumni;
• Opportunities to engage with peer assisted learning/discipline specific student network groups/alumni;
• Professional networking opportunities through a private, member-only Linkedln group for current students, facilitated by the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre. Once graduated, students are eligible to join the private, member-only, LinkedIn alumni group, also facilitated by the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre;
• Extended mentoring and learning opportunities offered through regular, free Finance Professionals industry seminars held in Sydney, Melbourne and Beijing Campuses;
• Multiple industry prizes and awards are open to all students.
Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Program Standards and Quality applicable to the GradDipAppFin are identical to those applicable to the MAppFin program.
The MAppFin program is also accredited by CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, which periodically re-accredit the program following a review of the content of the program, the quality of its teaching staff and graduates, and the balance of teaching, learning and assessment methods.
In addition, at Macquarie Applied Finance Centre, we believe that active industry partnerships are crucial to the ongoing strength and relevance of our program. We regularly engage and consult with industry bodies and finance professionals to ensure that our services remain at the forefront of financial education in both Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. This means that we continue to create the best possible career outcomes for our graduates, as well as enhancing the reputation of the MAppFin qualification.
Graduate Destinations and Employability There is a wide variety of career opportunities for successful graduates with roles within the finance industry and the corporate world both in Australia and overseas.
Potential employers include insurance companies, investment managers, superannuation managers, and advisory and consulting firms.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit www.mq.edu.au/policy.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/inherent-requirements



2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Prerequisites:
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
Corequisites:
None
NCCWs:
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148