Actuarial Practice and Control III

Subject ACTL90009 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of three contact hours per week, consisting of lectures and/or tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


All of: ACTL90002 Mathematics of Finance II, ACTL90005 Life Contingencies and ACTL90008 Statistical Techniques in Insurance; or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

ACTL40006 Actuarial Practice and Control I

ACTL40007 Actuarial Practice and Control II

Non Allowed Subjects:

Disallowed subject combination: ACTL40009 Actuarial Practice and Control III

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Richard Fitzherbert


Subject Overview:

Analysis of investment portfolios and asset classes from the perspective of an appointed actuary, with a view to identifying assets that suit the requirements of a variety of general insurance, life insurance, superannuation and other defined benefit liabilities.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Appraise the investment requirements of a variety of types of insurance companies, superannuation funds and similar institutional investors.
  • Explain these requirements in terms of realistic and achievable objectives.
  • Understand the characteristics of different asset classes in sufficient depth to establish a suitable strategy for achieving these objectives, using stochastic asset models and other techniques, as appropriate.
  • Monitor investment portfolios, and their performance, in relation to stated objectives and the liabilities against which they are held.

  • A 3-hour end-of-semester examination (80%)
  • A 3000 word assignment due in week 11 (20%)

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

High level of development:

  • written communication;
  • collaborative learning;
  • problem solving; team work;
  • application of theory to practice;
  • interpretation and analysis;
  • critical thinking;
  • synthesis of data and other information;
  • evaluation of data and other information;
  • accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Related Course(s): Master of Commerce (Actuarial Science)

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