The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/. This timetable shows the class times and locations.
- Lectures : 2 hours per week
Tuesdays 9 am to 11 am in W5A T2.
Please bring a calculator so that you can attempt some exercises during class.
Be prepared to share your ideas.
* Computer skills. In this unit students learn how to use EXCEL to build simple financial models and do simulations.
We have also provided Camtasia recordings to demonstrate how to build spreadsheets and use common EXCEL functions.
These Camtasia recordings are available on iLearn. This material is examinable so students should watch these recordings.
The best way to develop computing skills is to attempt sample problems, so please work through the examples in the Camtasia recordings.
- Tutorials : 1 hour per week (You should enrol in one of the tutorial groups shown below)
- Tuesday 11 am in W6B383
- Tuesday 11 am in W5A103
- Tuesday 12 noon in W6B383
- Tuesday 12 noon in X5B138
- Tuesday 3 pm in E8A188
- Tuesday 4 pm in E6A109
Note that rooms and times for tutorials may change depending on the number of students enrolling in both ACST152 and in other units across the University - any changes will be announced in Lectures and on iLearn.
There are no tutorials in week 1.
Tutorial questions will be posted on iLearn each week. Please attempt the tute questions BEFORE the class, so that you can ask your tutor if you need help. Note that the tutorial exercises provide excellent preparation for the class test and final exam.
Students may request a change of tutorial time if there is a good reason (e.g. you have a part time job which clashes with your assigned tutorial).
The course notes, readings, tutorial questions, tutorial solutions, and sample exams for this unit will be posted on the iLearn system. There will be a separate folder for each week. To find the iLearn page, go to ilearn.mq.edu.au and enter your user name and password. Once you log in, you should see a list of all the units you are enrolled in - and this should include ACST152 Introduction to Actuarial Studies. Click on the unit name to go to the unit's iLearn home page,
* If you have trouble logging in to iLearn or you can't remember your password, ring 9850 HELP or send a question by email to OneHelp@mq.edu.au.
* If you have any personal questions, then you can send Shauna a message via iLearn (click on "Send a message"). For example, if you are sick and you need Special Consideration, or you want to switch tutes because you have a timetable clash, send a messsge to Shauna via iLearn.
* if you have any general questions about the unit, you can post a message under General Discussion (which is on iLearn). This is a public noticeboard: all the students and staff can see your message. For example, if you have a question about one of the assignments, you can post the question here.
* Students are encouraged to help each other. If you notice that one of your colleagues has posted a question on General Discussion, and you think you know the answer, you may post a reply. You are encouraged to help each other with tute questions; but you should NOT share the answers to quiz questions. The quiz questions are good preparation for the class test and exam, so it is better if you try to do these yourself.
* Please be polite to each other when you post messages on iLearn.
* If you have any helpful suggestions for how to improve the course, please feel free to send Shauna a message via the Dialogue.
* Prizes are awarded to students who make positive contributions to the class.
* We aim to record the lectures and make these recordings available via iLearn. However sometimes there are technical hitches or other problems, so we cannot guarantee that these recordings will always be available. We do NOT recommend skipping lectures and relying on listening to all the recordings the night before the class test or final exam. To watch the recorded lectures click on the ECHO360 button on the right hand side of the iLearn home page for ACST152.
* From time to time we might need to make an announcement to the whole class (e.g. if a tutorial is moved to a different room or there is a scholarship available). The announcements will appear on iLearn, in a folder near the top of the home page, and you will also be sent an email to your Uni email address. Please look at your Uni email regularly - at least once a week.
One of the tutors will hold consultation hours every week in E4B 104. If you want extra help with any of the course material, please attend the Tutor’s consultation sessions in E4B104. The times will be notified via an Announcement on iLearn.
Shauna Ferris will usually be available for consultation on Tuesday afternoon between 12 noon and 2 pm. Sometimes Shauna might be away at a conference or committee meeting, so if you want to talk to Shauna please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you are coming along and/or arrange an alternative time to meet.
Students experiencing significant difficulties with any topic in the unit should seek assistance as soon as possible. We are happy to help you. Students who enter this course come from a range of different backgrounds - although most have studied the NSW HSC maths syllabus, we also have students from other states and other countries. Some students will already have good computer skills from high school, others will already know a bit about economics, and so on - each student will have different strengths and weaknesses. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Students should bring a calculator to classes (lectures and tutorials). Students should bring a calculator to the class test and to the final exam. The calculator should be non-programmable and should not have the ability to store and retrieve text.
We will be using the iLearn system. We will be using computer software (such as Excel) to develop some financial models. If you do not have a computer at home, or you do not have internet access, or you do not have EXCEL software, you can use the University's computer labs.
Changes for 2017
Based on the student feedback, students were fairly happy with this unit in 2016, so we have not made many changes. Some students thought the EXCEL assignment was too hard, so we will try to include more EXCEL practice questions this year, so that students can be better prepared for the assignment.
This course is designed to give students an understanding of practical problems which actuaries must solve. So we will be keeping an eye on current financial events which affect the financial services industry and the actuarial profession. These issues will be discussed in tutorials.
Many students said that the online quizzes and tutorial exercises were very helpful in preparing for the test and final exam. If you have trouble understanding any of the tutorial or quiz problems, please go and see a tutor during the weekly consultation times. [The consultation hours will be posted on iLearn].