Ethical and Professional Standards
This module is intended to introduce an ethical decision-making framework for Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students, integrating ethics into the decision-making activities and building a culture of integrity in the workplace.
The module introduces ethics, related challenges to ethical behaviour and the role played by ethics in the investment profession. A framework to support ethical decision-making is provided to help guide behaviour. The CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct are examined, with attention given to each standard and its application.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Ethical and Professional Standards|
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The general aim of this module is to introduce ideas and concepts that will help you understand the importance of ethical behaviour in the investment industry as well as the challenges to adhering to high ethical standards. You will be introduced to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct that CFA candidates must follow to achieve the broader industry expectations. You will also be able to explain the need for high ethical standards in the investment industry and demonstrate an understanding of the Global Investment Performance Standards.
Students will be introduced to various types of ethical issues within the investment profession and a framework as a way to approach ethical decision making. By applying the framework and analysing the particular circumstance of each available alternative, you will learn to determine the best course of action to fulfil your responsibilities in an ethical manner.
The overall aim is to apply an ethical decision-making framework that will help students see the situation from multiple perspectives and justify your actions to a broader audience of stakeholders. Using a framework for ethical decision-making enable you to effectively examine your choices in the context of conflicting interests common to their professional obligations (e.g. researching and gathering information, developing investment recommendations, and managing money for others). You will learn to look at and evaluate decision from multiple perspectives, develop sound judgment and decision-making skills and avoid making decision that have unanticipated ethical consequences. Students will learn to recognise areas that are prone to ethical pitfalls and identify and process those circumstances and influences that can impair judgment and lead to ethical lapses.
Skills acquisition: You will develop a range of transferable skills and the ability to relate an ethical decision-making framework to a firm’s or profession’s code of ethics. You will practice ethical decision-making skills to confront the hard issues effectively and make ethical good decision despite the reality of conflicts.
Research in teaching: The module builds on recent investment management research within the finance disciplines to define ethical decision-making tools and theories.
The module is supported by a series of webinars, videos, group forums, learning logs, online reading material, and facilitated online group sessions will be offered in addition to a masterclass.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Explain the importance of ethical conduct in the investment industry
- 2. Distinguish between ethical and legal standards
- 3. Apply an ethical decision-making framework in investment profession
- 4. Explain the ethical responsibilities required by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
- 5. Evaluate practical application of the Standards: the integrity of capital markets; duties to clients; duties to employers; investment analysis, recommendations, and actions; conflicts of interest
- 6. Explain why the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) were created, what parties the GIPS standards apply to, and who is served by the standards
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 7. Acquire sound understanding of the organisations values and professional standards
- 8. Analyse decisions and their potential consequences from an ethical perspective
- 9. Identify potential ethical issues and create solutions to them even in the absence of clearly stated rules.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Develop a range of skills required when communicating to clients and prospective clients and building ethically sound and trusted relationships with internal and/or external clients
- 11. Exercise diligence, independence, and thoroughness in making ethical investment decision
- 12. Identify and managing conflicts of interest in the investment profession with effective communication
- 13. Understand and can clearly articulate the implications of non-compliance for their organisation
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities||14 hours (2 days)||Workshops|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||14 hours||Online lectures and seminars|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||4 hours||Revision|
|Guided independent study||118 hours||Reading and research, web-based activities|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Mock Exam||1-hour exam||1-6||Marks and feedback|
|Online Discussion||Online discussion contributions||1-13||Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer|
|Weekly online practices||Six exercises||1-9||Correct answers on ELE|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Exam||50||1-hour written exam||1-6||Marks and feedback|
|Applied exercise/Assignment||50||2,000 words||1-13||Marks and feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Exam||Exam 1-hour written exam||1-6||In line with University regulations|
|Applied exercise/Assignment||Applied exercise/Assignment 2,000 words||1-13||In line with University regulations|
Defer – as first time
Refer – capped at 40%
- Ethics and Trust in the Investment Profession
- Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
- Integrity of Capital Markets
- Duties to Clients
- Duties to Employers
- Investment Analysis, Recommendations and Actions
- Conflicts of Interests
- Global Investment Performance Standards
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
· Ethical and Professional Standards, CFA® Program Curriculum Level I Volume I, CFA Institute.
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