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ACST3058 – Survival Models

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Xian Zhou
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ACST255 or ACST2055) and (STAT272 or STAT2372)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides sophisticated statistical and probabilistic models for survival, sickness, insurance losses and other actuarial problems based on survival data. Techniques of survival analysis are used to estimate survival and loss distributions and evaluate risk factors in actuarial applications. Methods of both nonparametric and parametric estimation are utilised. Advanced models based on Markov chains and processes will be introduced to capture the features of stochastic transitions between different survival or loss states and to estimate the transition rates. Methods for valuing cashflows that are contingent upon multiple transition events and methods of projecting and valuing such expected cashflows will also be covered. Students gaining a weighted average of credit across all of ACST3058, ACST3060 and the CS2-related components of the assessment in ACST3059 (minimum mark of 60% on all three components) will satisfy the requirements for exemption from the professional subject CS2 of the Actuaries Institute.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply and analyse different types of survival models and justify their connections with practical actuarial problems.
  • ULO2: Apply statistical inference technique to estimate parameters and probability distributions of survival models.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and properties of Markov processes.
  • ULO4: Solve Markov transition probabilities via matrix theory and differential equations.
  • ULO5: Perform valuation of cashflows that are contingent upon multiple transition / decrement events.

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 and extensions

Tasks 10% or less – No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved.

Tasks above 10% - No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class Test 20% No 21/04/21
Assignment 20% No 02/06/21
Final Exam 60% No Examination Period

Class Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 17 hours
Due: 21/04/21
Weighting: 20%

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


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply and analyse different types of survival models and justify their connections with practical actuarial problems.
  • Apply statistical inference technique to estimate parameters and probability distributions of survival models.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and properties of Markov processes.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 02/06/21
Weighting: 20%

Problem-solving questions requiring detailed solutions using the statistical package R.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply and analyse different types of survival models and justify their connections with practical actuarial problems.
  • Apply statistical inference technique to estimate parameters and probability distributions of survival models.
  • Solve Markov transition probabilities via matrix theory and differential equations.
  • Perform valuation of cashflows that are contingent upon multiple transition / decrement events.

Final Exam

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

The final examination will be 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:
  • Apply and analyse different types of survival models and justify their connections with practical actuarial problems.
  • Apply statistical inference technique to estimate parameters and probability distributions of survival models.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and properties of Markov processes.
  • Solve Markov transition probabilities via matrix theory and differential equations.
  • Perform valuation of cashflows that are contingent upon multiple transition / decrement events.

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

  • This unit is taught through 3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week.
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
  • Tutorials start from Week 2.

Unit Web Page

  • The web page for this unit can be found at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Technology Used and required

  • You will need access to the internet to obtain course information and download teaching materials from the unit website.
  • It is your responsibility to check the unit website regularly to make sure that you are up-to-date with the information for the unit.
  • The statistical package R will be extenstively employed in this unit. The application of R is essential to completing the Assignment.
  • Application of R will be introduced in the weekly lecture/tutorial.
  • Students are expected to understand and properly use R outputs in all assessment tasks.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

  • Lecture Notes are the required materials and will be posted on the website before the lectures.
  • The main additional reading materials are the ActEd CS2 notes. This will also be used as background reading for ACST3059.

Unit Schedule

Week 1: Probability models (revision); Survival analysis

Week 2: Estimation of survival distributions

Week 3: Variance estimation and confidence intervals

Week 4: Cox proportional hazards models

Week 5: Cox proportional hazards models; Stochastic processes;

Week 6 (last week before semester break): Markov chains

Week 7 (first week after semester break): Class test; Markov chains

Week 8: Markov jump processes

Week 9: Markov jump processes

Week 10: Applications of Markov processes

Week 11: Applications of Markov processes

Week 12: Multi-state insurance models and multiple decrement tables

Week 13: Assignment and Revision

Note: This is only a tentative schedule. The actual schedule will be adjusted from time to time in accordance with the progress of lectures.

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Changes from Previous Offering

The main changes include:

  •  Addition of topics on valuing cashflows contingent upon multiple transition events and multiple decrement tables
  •  Incorporation of statistical package R