Lecture and Workshop times
Classes for ACST840 are scheduled as per the class timetable available at http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/. There will be 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week typically consisting of two hours of lecture and one hour of workshop, where students will be expected to both ask and answer questions (of each other as well as the lecturer).
Technology used and required
If you are enrolled in this unit, you will be listed in the ACST840 online unit (iLearn). Login at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ The site will be used to post any additional lecture slides, handouts, and assigned work. The site contains a forum to which you will be expected to contribute (you'll be expected to contribute to discussion relating to your research - and others' research, for example). Please log in to the site on a regular basis. This course requires access to the R statistical package.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
The textbook *Computational Actuarial Science with R*, Arthur Charpentier (2014), CRC Press. The text will be available as an ebook via the library site for the subject. Exercises may be assigned from this book, the lectures will be based on it, and it's a useful resource for the research topics for the second half of the course. [It is also available to buy, both as a paper book and an ebook.]
Workshop exercises and discussion
Some weeks there will be exercises usually based on the previous week's material; attempting and discussing them will be an important part of the learning process for research. The performance on the exercises will not be assessed. Attempt any exercises during the week prior to the workshop they're to be discussed in, in order to be able to discuss them in iLearn beforehand, and in the face-to-face class time. Most exercises require access to and some familiarity with the R statistical package. When set, they will generally be covered in the last lecture hour and will usually be on material in the previous week, but broader questions relating to research - including issues relating to student projects - during workshop times are encouraged.