FSM851 - Behavioural Finance

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Subject Title
Behavioural Finance

Subject Description
Students will gain knowledge of how the human brain makes decisions, including how heuristics, biases, and values, attitudes, emotions and disorders related to money impact an individual?s decision making process. Students will develop the behaviour and communication skills required by financial planners to foster trust and build relationships, motivate individuals to carry out financial planning recommendations, and deal effectively with an individual?s resistance to change.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. In a non-scientific manner, explain how the human brain functions in the decision-making process.
  2. Identify values, attitudes, disorders, and emotions related to money that an individual may possess through the recognition of language that an individual may use or the individual’s behaviour.
  3. Identify heuristics and biases that an individual may possess through a review of the individual’s decisions. 
  4. Use effective behaviour and communication strategies to foster relationships built on trust.
  5. Motivate an individual to engage in appropriate actions that facilitate the individual’s success.
  6. Respond to an individual’s resistance to change in a manner that allows the continuation of an effective financial planning relationship.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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