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AFIN8081 – Professional Development in Banking and Finance

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Guy Schofield
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Angela Chow
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MFin or (admission to MBkgFin and (30cp at 6000 level) or (10cp at 8000 level))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit prepares students for the transition to a career in banking and finance. Students will examine the banking and finance industry, analysing the various roles, career pathways and professional associations available to finance professionals. Students will gain a further appreciation of their personal strengths and the relevance to their job applications. Students will develop their resume and their interview skills. Focus will also be placed on networking and communication skills to present and represent themselves as finance professionals. This will include an appreciation of navigating through the politics of a modern large firm. In addition, students will develop their critical thinking skills.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Interpret what is meant by professionalism in the banking and finance industry and relate it to the focus on the importance of ethics and trust and to recent events in the sector.
  • ULO2: Investigate and critically analyse ethical and professional practice issues and challenges related to financial markets, financial services and financial management.
  • ULO3: Reflect and evidence the impact career development activities have had in supporting and preparing them to transition from university to a career in the finance and banking sector.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate professional communication skills appropriate to context and audience in a range of tasks and display team problem-solving capabilities in assigned case application activities.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Required Text:

Materials will be provided under each of the week headings in iLearn.

Unit Web Page: You are required to access a computer and the internet at various times in completing this unit, to download course material available on the learning management system (iLearn) and to complete assessment tasks.
Technology Used and Required:


You will need to bring a device to all classes; one that can connect to internet applications such as iLearn (e.g., PC, Apple Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone). If you do not have a device it is your responsibility to secure a loan device from the University. You will need a device to complete class quizzes and failure to complete a quiz will result in a mark of zero.

Delivery Format and Other Details:

Classes and teams

This Unit uses a team-based learning approach. This approach requires that you prepare for class. Pre-class activities may take six hours or more before class and are essential preparation for your contributions to the class. 

Classes are typically between two and three hours in duration. Attendance at your enrolled class is compulsory. Team participation in activities is an essential part of the learning process. The team-based learning approach adopted by this unit recommends diverse teams. Students will be assigned to teams of between 4-6 people that are fixed for the session.

You should ensure that you are able to commit and attend your assigned class as much of the learning comes from in-class activities that cannot be addressed via ECHO video recordings (even where they are available). The Lecturer has the discretion to adjust the mark allocated to each team member where the Lecturer determines the participation of team members is not equal. Non-participation may mean a mark of zero.

The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

We recognise that there will be a mix of prior work experience. Lecturers will suggest services offered for those seeking support in areas not covered in this unit such as resumes and job interview skills.

Recommended Readings: Recommended texts, on the Library Reserve Reading list, that you may wish to consult include:
  • A Matter of Trust: The Practice of Ethics in Finance (2017) by Paul Kofman, Claire Payne
  • Ethics in finance 3 Ed by John R. Boatright. Malden, Mass., Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Working Ethically in Finance: Clarifying Our Vocation (2015) by Anthony Asher
  • Grace, D., & Cohen, Stephen. (2010). Business ethics / Damian Grace & Stephen Cohen. (4th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand.
Other Course Materials:  These will be provided on iLearn as required.  
Inherent requirements:

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

The content of this unit guide provides specific requirements such as attending classes with a suitable device and working in small groups.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Information regarding supplementary exams, including dates, is available at: http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/current_students/undergraduate/how_do_i/disruption_to_studies

Student Support

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Student Enquiry Service

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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