• Class Number 3971
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Aaron Bruhn
    • Dr Aaron Bruhn
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

The aim of the Actuarial Control Cycle is to provide students with an understanding of underlying actuarial principles that may be applied to a range of problems and issues in commercial and business environments. Students are expected to develop a holistic approach to practical problem solving, and develop a level of judgement and professional skills required to successfully apply actuarial principles. The syllabus relates to actuarial practice both in the financial services and in other industries. Examples will be drawn from traditional and non-traditional areas to illustrate and establish the underlying actuarial principles in a problem based learning approach, using case studies and business-based examples.

This subject, in conjunction with ACST4032, provides the opportunity for exemption from the requirements of the Actuarial Control Cycle subject under the Actuaries Institute’s Associate program. Such exemption depends on the grades attained over both subjects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Discuss and apply an actuarial control cycle in a variety of practical commercial situations;
  2. Relate the main features within the general environment to medium and long-term commercial decisions;
  3. Analyse the main features and risks of financial products and contracts, from the point of view of consumers and providers;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of enterprise risk management;
  5. Apply a risk assessment framework to identify and assess the risks in a range of situations;
  6. Discuss and apply the process of product design; and,
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how models are used to solve client problems.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will be informed by practical examples and case studies of relevance to professional and research issues currently faced by the profession.

Examination Material or equipment

The final exam will be held during the exam period with details to be advised no later than teaching week 10 of the semester

Required Resources

Various reading and reference material will be made available on Wattle throughout the semester. Some use of Excel will be made for the Modelling section of the course.

The recommended textbook for this course is ‘Understanding Actuarial Management: the actuarial control cycle’, second edition (2010), issued by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the Society of Actuaries. Details for accessing the digital version of the textbook will be provided on Wattle. A copy is also available on 2-hour loan from the University library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

·        Following each assignment, feedback will be given to the whole class about the general performance on each assignment.

·        Students will also have the opportunity to speak with the lecturer and seek comments from the lecturer about their individual performance in the assignments.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information


Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.

Support for Students

The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The Control Cycle; General Environment Textbook reading: chapters 1 and 5
2 General Environment
3 Financial Services Marketplace Textbook reading: chapter 4
4 Financial Services Marketplace Assignment 1 due: Friday 17 March
5 Financial Services Marketplace
6 Regulation Textbook reading: chapter 7
7 Enterprise Risk Management Textbook reading: chapters 2 and 6
8 Enterprise Risk Management
9 Enterprise Risk Management Assignment 2 due: Friday 5 May
10 Product design Textbook reading: chapter 8
11 Modelling Textbook reading: chapter 9 Assignment 3 due: Friday 19 May
12 Modelling and Summary

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be available on campus. They will be held is weeks 3-6, week 8, and weeks 10-12. As well as on-campus, they will also be offered live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as recorded videos. You do not need to separately enrol for these tutorials - the whole class will have the same tutorial time and group.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 4 % 17/03/2023 24/03/2023 1,2
Assignment 2 8 % 05/05/2023 12/05/2023 1,2
Assignment 3 8 % 19/05/2023 26/05/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final exam 80 % 01/06/2023 29/06/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


All lectures will be live and recorded, or pre-recorded. Workshops/tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as recorded videos.


Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 4 %
Due Date: 17/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 24/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Assignment 1

The details of Assignment 1 including the topic, and the word limit and other requirements, will be made available on Friday 10 March.

It will involve written responses to short questions, to enable engagement with the course material to date.

This will count for 4% of your final grade for this course.

It will be due by 4pm on Friday 17 March, via Turnitin. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 8 %
Due Date: 05/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 12/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Assignment 2

The details of Assignment 2 including the topic, and the word limit and other requirements, will be made available on Friday 28 April.

It will involve written responses to problem-based questions, to enable engagement with the course material to date.

This will count for 8% of your final grade for this course.

It will be due by 4pm on Friday 5 May, via Turnitin.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 8 %
Due Date: 19/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 26/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assignment 3

The details of Assignment 3 including the topic, and the word limit and other requirements, will be made available on Friday 12 May.

It will involve written responses to problem-based questions, to enable engagement with the course material to date.

This will count for 8% of your final grade for this course.

It will be due by 4pm on Friday 19 May, via Turnitin. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 01/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Final exam

The final assessment will be held in the exam period with details to be advised no later than teaching week 10 of the semester.

A series of practice exams will be available on Wattle from week 7 onwards, to give an idea of the style and length of questions in the exam.

The exam will be an online/remote exam of 4 hours length, with answers able to be typed or handwritten, and will be submitted via Turnitin.

This will count for 80% of your final grade for this course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

There are no hardcopy submission for this course.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students will not be permitted to resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Aaron Bruhn
6125 4904

Research Interests

Prior to coming to ANU, Aaron worked as an actuary in Life Insurance and then as a Principal Economic and Financial Advisor in public service. He is interested in a range of areas of actuarial science, including life insurance, superannuation, and a number of non-traditional fields.

Dr Aaron Bruhn

Wednesday 13:30 15:00
Wednesday 13:30 15:00
Dr Aaron Bruhn
6125 4904

Research Interests

Dr Aaron Bruhn

Wednesday 13:30 15:00
Wednesday 13:30 15:00

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