ETC5353 - Insurance and pensions - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics


Associate Professor Colin O'Hare

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit focuses on the modelling and valuation of cash flows dependent on death, survival, or other uncertain risks.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. calculate, using ultimate or select mortality, net premiums and net premium reserves for increasing and decreasing benefits and annuities
  2. develop techniques for the valuation of annuity and assurance products involving two lives, and the use of actuarial functions in that situation
  3. develop methods which can be used to model cash flows contingent upon competing risks
  4. develop the technique of discounted emerging costs as used in profit tests, pricing assessments and reserving calculations for various insurance and pension products
  5. address practical issues such as guarantees and options, risk classification and the effects of the pricing and reserving basis on the emergence of profit
  6. describe the use of multi decrement models in the valuation of actuarial liabilities.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


AFC2340 or ETC2430 or BFC2340 or by permission.