The University of New England launched four new courses in financial services at the National Conference of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) on the Gold Coast at the end of last month.
The courses, to begin in 2011, lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Financial Services and Master of Financial Services and a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Financial Services.
UNE’s Associate Professor Martin Hovey, the course coordinator, said that the national conference had been “a great opportunity” to launch the new degree programs -“particularly as the FPA announced during the conference that they were striving towards a new level of professionalism, and that education would be a major part of this momentum”.
Dr Hovey and Dr Peter Shanahan, Academic Manager of UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, attended the conference and spoke to many of the more than 1,000 delegates about the new courses. “Many people with extensive industry experience spoke to us at the conference – some of whom will be enrolling with UNE next year,” Dr Hovey said.
Professor Alison Sheridan, Head of UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, said the School was “proud to offer this suite of new courses which has been designed around the industry requirements”.
“Each course has been accredited by the Australian Securities Investment Commission and listed on its training register,” Professor Sheridan said.
The suite of courses – at Bachelor, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master’s levels – has been designed to meet the needs of everyone from school leavers to experienced professionals. The courses cover areas such as managing wealth, estate planning, risk management, the stock market, investment and portfolio management, modern portfolio theory, financial analysis, taxation, superannuation, mutual funds, applied economics, social benefits, insurance, selling and sales techniques, and relevant private and corporate law.
The Bachelor of Financial Services degree program can be completed – on campus or by distance education – in three years full-time and up to ten years part-time. Candidates within the 12-unit Master of Financial Services degree program can qualify for a Graduate Certificate in Financial Services after completing four units or a Graduate Diploma in Financial Services after completing eight units.