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ACST8082 – Contingent Payments

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Simon Guthrie
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ACST881 or ACST8081) and (STAT810 or STAT8310 or STAT806)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit covers the analysis of cash flows dependent on uncertain events due to mortality and other factors. It introduces the concept of the expected present value of payments under various life insurance contracts, including whole life, term and endowment assurances; immediate and temporary annuities; and deferred assurances and annuities. The standard international actuarial notation in life insurance is used extensively. Probability models and life tables are used to calculate the expected present values accurately based on ultimate or select mortality. Furthermore, important concepts of pricing and reserving for future contingent liabilities are discussed. Equations of value are established to calculate net premiums. Prospective and retrospective net premium reserves required to meet future liabilities are determined and compared. Techniques for the valuation of annuity and assurance products involving two lives are developed. Students gaining a credit average in both ACST8081 and ACST8082 (minimum mark of 60 on both units) will satisfy the requirements for exemption from the professional subject CM1 of the Actuaries Institute.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Interpret and apply simple survival models as well as ultimate and select mortality rates.
  • ULO2: Apply contingent payment techniques to determine actuarial present values and variances of benefits for simple life insurance contracts and for contracts contingent on two lives.
  • ULO3: Calculate premiums and policy values for various life insurance contracts, both with and without allowance for operating expenses.
  • ULO4: Analyse the profit arising from life insurance contracts in simple scenarios.
  • ULO5: Identify key unit concepts and to integrate them to solve and analyse novel problems.
  • ULO6: Explain how the contingent payment techniques can be applied to complex life-contingent problems.

General Assessment Information

Assessment criteria for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site.

It is the responsibility of students to view their marks for each within-session-assessment on iLearn within 20 days of posting. If there are any discrepancies, students must contact the unit convenor immediately. Failure to do so will mean that queries received after the release of final results regarding assessment tasks (not including the final exam mark) will not be addressed.

Late submissions of assessments

Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur that might prevent you from submitting an assessment on time and, in that case, you may be eligible to lodge a Special Consideration request.

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, please note that no extensions to assessment deadlines will be granted. Assessments that are submitted late will attract a late penalty:

  1. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late.
  2. No assessment will be accepted more than 72 hours after the original due date and time (incl. weekends).
  3. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments (e.g., quizzes, online tests) or for tasks with a weighting of 10% or less.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Quiz 5% No Week 3
Assignment 15% No Week 8
Class Test 20% No Week 10
Final Exam 60% No University Examination Period

Online Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 5%

You should complete the quiz online, available on iLearn.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and apply simple survival models as well as ultimate and select mortality rates.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 15%

This is an individual assignment which focuses on problem solving using Excel spreadsheet.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and apply simple survival models as well as ultimate and select mortality rates.
  • Apply contingent payment techniques to determine actuarial present values and variances of benefits for simple life insurance contracts and for contracts contingent on two lives.
  • Calculate premiums and policy values for various life insurance contracts, both with and without allowance for operating expenses.
  • Identify key unit concepts and to integrate them to solve and analyse novel problems.
  • Explain how the contingent payment techniques can be applied to complex life-contingent problems.

Class Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 20%

The test will be approximately 90 minutes, to be held during class time.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and apply simple survival models as well as ultimate and select mortality rates.
  • Apply contingent payment techniques to determine actuarial present values and variances of benefits for simple life insurance contracts and for contracts contingent on two lives.
  • Calculate premiums and policy values for various life insurance contracts, both with and without allowance for operating expenses.
  • Analyse the profit arising from life insurance contracts in simple scenarios.
  • Identify key unit concepts and to integrate them to solve and analyse novel problems.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: University Examination Period
Weighting: 60%

The final examination will be closed book, a three-hour written paper with ten minutes reading time, to be held during the University Examination period.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and apply simple survival models as well as ultimate and select mortality rates.
  • Apply contingent payment techniques to determine actuarial present values and variances of benefits for simple life insurance contracts and for contracts contingent on two lives.
  • Calculate premiums and policy values for various life insurance contracts, both with and without allowance for operating expenses.
  • Analyse the profit arising from life insurance contracts in simple scenarios.
  • Identify key unit concepts and to integrate them to solve and analyse novel problems.
  • Explain how the contingent payment techniques can be applied to complex life-contingent problems.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

It is intended that learning this session will be a combination of pre-recorded online and face-to-face.

The timetables for classes can be found on the University website at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021/

Pre-recorded lectures will be made available early in the week and students are expected to have watched/listened to them prior to attending any live or face-to-face classes.

Classes on tutorial questions will commence in week 2 of the session. Students are expected to have attempted the previous weeks tutorial questions before coming to this class.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

No textbooks are prescribed for this unit. Detailed notes, exercises and solutions are available on the unit's web site.

Technology Used and Required

You will require a calculator. For the final exam, you may only use non-programmable calculators which are not able to store text.

You will also need to be able to construct spreadsheets for tutorial exercises. You will also be required to use a spreadsheet for the assignment. We do not prescribe any particular brand of spreadsheet, although materials will be provided in MS Excel.

You require access to a computer to access material on the unit's iLearn web site.

Unit Webpage

Course materials, including pre-recorded lectures, are available on the iLearn page.

To access the teaching website, go to http://ilearn.mq.edu.au and login using your usual login and password.

Unit Schedule

Week

Week Begins

Topics covered in lectures

Assessment

1

26 Jul

Life tables and survival models

 

2

2 Aug

Valuing single payment benefits

 

3

9 Aug

Valuing life annuities

Quiz

4

16 Aug

Select mortality

Net premiums

 

5

23 Aug

Policy values

 

6

30 Aug

Variable benefits

 

7

6 Sep

Operating expenses

Profit testing

 

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8

27 Sep

Participating policies

Assignment

9

4 Oct

Analysis of profits

Profit loading

 

10

11 Oct

Joint life and last survivor statuses (class test)

Class test

11

18 Oct

Joint life and last survivorship benefits

 

12

25 Oct

Contingent and reversionary benefits

 

13

1 Nov

Revision

 

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Results

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