- Class Number 7238
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Jacie Liu
- Jacie Liu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course develops actuarial techniques for the valuing of policies which depend on contingent events concerning uncertain lifetimes. Topics include principal forms of heterogeneity within a population and the ways in which selection can occur; definition of simple assurance and annuity contracts; development of formulae for means and variances of the present values of payments; evaluating expected values and variances of simple insurance and annuity contracts; description and calculation of net and gross premiums and provisions for various insurance contracts; and cash flow models and profit tests, extended to multiple decrements and multiple state models.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define and price life assurance contracts and life annuity contracts, including a selection effect where appropriate;
- Calculate reserves, policy values and mortality profits;
- Perform calculations relating to increasing insurances, annuities and with-profit policies;
- Perform calculations relating to multiple life functions and insurances and annuities involving two or more lives;
- Perform calculations relating to contingent and reversionary benefits.
- Define unit-linked contracts and perform evaluations of cash-flows associated with such contracts including the setting of reserves using ‘zeroising’ approach; and
- Project expected cashflows for traditional life insurance contracts and perform profit-testing calculations to evaluate profit vector, profit signature, net present value and profit margin.
The material covered in this course covers established principles in actuarial work and academia.
Examination Material or equipment
The final exam is open book and covers the whole unit. A calculator that allows you to perform basic arithmetic calculations including exponential and logarithmic functions will be needed during the exam. Further information on examination material will be provided to students in lecture time and on Wattle. The final assessment will be held in the examination period with details to be advised no later than teaching week 10 of the semester.
Course notes and materials will be provided via Wattle. You will need access to a calculator to complete exercises required for this course. You will need access to a computer to get the materials necessary for the course. We will use MS Excel in this course. Some classwork and tutorial questions and solutions will be illustrated using MS Excel. Learning guides and short video lectures will be made available on Wattle for students to learn the application of the concepts taught in this course. Some assignment questions will require the use of MS Excel. You are assumed to have experience in Excel from previous courses in your actuarial degree. Excel software is available for free to ANU students through Microsoft Office 365 .
There are no prescribed textbooks for this course.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Whole of class feedback in-class and via discussion forums.
- Individual discussions in-class and online.
- 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 tutors and the lecturer about their individual performance in the assignments.
- Sample solutions and in-class discussion for examinations will be provided.
Student FeedbackANU 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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Exemption from Actuarial Professional examination
This course along with Financial Mathematics (STAT2032) makes up the CM1 examination of the Actuaries Institute. More details regarding the grades required for exemption and the procedure to follow is detailed on this webpage: Actuaries Institute requirements.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Mortality and selection|
|2||Life assurance and annuity contracts|
|3||Evaluation of assurances and annuities|
|4||Gross premium calculations and accumulations||Assignment 1 due|
|5||Reserves and policy values|
|6||Policy values, mortality profit and extra risk|
|7||Increasing insurances and with-profit policies|
|8||Increasing annuities and applications of reserves|
|9||Multiple life functions and policies||Assignment 2 due|
|10||Cash flow models and profit testing|
|12||Multiple decrement and multiple state models|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Students should enrol in their tutorial using MyTimetable. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-Week. "ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling)".
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||10 %||19/08/2022||30/08/2022||1|
|Assignment 2||15 %||05/10/2022||18/10/2022||1-3|
|Final Examination||75 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2022||1-7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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 conducted on campus (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle). Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week prior to the start of the semester. Arrangements for consultations will be advised in week 1 if there are any changes.
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
Learning Outcomes: 1
The details of Assignment 1 including the topic, nature of task, the word limit, format of presentation and other requirements, will be made available on Tuesday 9 August.
Due date: Friday 19 August 20:00 (Week 4). Submission by TurnitIn.
Return date: Marks will be released on Tuesday 30 August 17:00 (Week 6). Feedback will be given to the whole class with respect to overall performance. Individual feedback will be available from the tutor/lecturer by appointment/ email.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
The details of Assignment 2 including the topic, nature of task, the word limit, format of presentation and other requirements, will be made available on Wednesday 21 September.
Due date: Wednesday 5 October 20:00 (Week 9). Submission by TurnitIn.
Return date: Marks will be released on Tuesday 18 October 17:00 (Week 11). Feedback will be given to the whole class with respect to overall performance. Individual feedback will be available from the tutor/lecturer by appointment/ email.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-7
The final exam is open-book and will be held during the exam period via Wattle course website. The final exam is 3-hour in length excluding reading and uploading times. Further details regarding the exam, including exam format, answer format, mock submission practice and other requirements, will be provided no later than week 10 of the semester.
Date: Specific date to be advised
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The assignment is to be submitted online on Wattle at the pre-specified location via Turnitin. You must attach an assignment cover sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
There is no hardcopy submission for the assignments of this course. Submission mode for exam will be advised no later than week 10 of the semester.
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 RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments will be returned via Wattle.
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Resubmission of Assignments
Students will not be permitted to resubmit assignments.
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Actuarial studies, mortality modelling, Bayesian modelling, GLM, copula, panel data analysis