ACST8095 is offered via classes in the North Ryde campus, Sydney CBD campus (of Macquarie University) and via distance education throughout the world. Students share lecture classes and a common teaching website with the units ACST4005 and ACST7095.
Downloadable lecture recordings
In all weeks, standard recordings of campus lectures using the University's lecture recording facility (ECHO360 or zoom) will be available. The recordings capture audio and screenshot. The recordings will either be provided via the ECHO360 link which is located on the right hand side of the webpage or via a zoom link.
The timetable for classes can be found on the Macquarie University website at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au
Alterations to the class times or locations will be advised in class and on the teaching website.
Maggie Lee is the unit convenor and will be taking five weeks of classes. Maggie can be contacted via Dialogue on the website, or during her consultation hours.
Professor Pavel Shevchenko will be taking the other weeks of classes. Pavel can be contacted via Dialogue on the website, or during his consultation hours.
Hong Xie is the teaching administrator, and can deal with any administrative queries related to the unit. Hong can be contacted via Dialogue on the website.
We assume from the start of the Actuarial Data Analytics that you have acquired the knowledge and skills in subjects from the Foundation Program (Part 1s) of the Actuaries Institute education program.
Lecture slides/Learning Guide
There will be Lecture Slides and/or Learning Guides and associated readings for each section of work. You should read these materials in advance of the lectures, and bring a copy with you to classes.
Technology Used and Required
In this unit, you will need to have access to and to be able to use software to code (R and R studio) and word-processing software to produce reports.
Course material is available on the online learning management system (iLearn). The teaching website is integral to this unit. Passive involvement in this unit greatly reduces the likelihood of achieving the exemption standard of understanding. Interaction with other students and with teachers is very important, and the website is the forum for that interaction. You will need to be accessing the website regularly to see announcements, read postings and stay informed - at least every couple of days. This is your responsibility and we cannot make any allowances for students who miss important information due to not checking the website regularly. The website entry page is at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Teaching and Learning Activities
The unit is taught as set out in the Classes section. The Unit Schedule sets out the assessment and the topics covered in each week of the session.
The Macquarie University unit ACST4005/ACST7095/ACST8095 will satisfy the requirements for exemption from the Data Analytics Principles subject of the Actuary program of the Actuaries Institute. You will be recommended for exemption if you attain grades of Credit or better in this unit. It is the responsibility of the student to apply to Macquarie University to recommend them to the Actuaries Institute for professional exemptions. For information about this process please contact Hong Xie via iLearn.