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ACSC71-400: Actuarial Control Cycle 1 May 2018 [Standard]

General information

The aim of the Actuarial Control Cycle 1 and 2 is to provide students with an understanding of how the underlying actuarial principles can be applied to a range of problems and issues in commercial and business environments. The Actuarial Control Cycle forms a 'bridge' between Part I, where students learn specific technical skills in a well-defined environment, and Part III, where students are taught to apply these skills in less well-defined business and commercial environments. During Part II students are expected to develop a holistic approach to practical problem solving, and develop a level of judgement and professional skills required to successfully apply actuarial principles to real-world problems. The Actuarial Control Cycle demonstrates a holistic approach to understanding how actuarial principles relate to actuarial practice in the financial services and other industries. It is presented in general terms to highlight its application beyond financial services. Examples will be drawn from traditional and non-traditional areas to illustrate and establish the underlying actuarial principles in a problem-based learning approach, using case studies and business-based examples.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACSC71-400
Subject title:Actuarial Control Cycle 1
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • The Institute of Actuaries Australia (2010). Understanding Actuarial Management: the Actuarial Control Cycle. 2nd,
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Discuss and apply the actuarial control cycle in a variety of practical commercial situations.
  2. Understand the environment and its bearing on medium and long term business decisions, including how economic conditions and social, demographic and technological changes impact commercial decisions.
  3. Understand the need for and impact of regulation and government policy on commercial decisions.
  4. Identify the principles of professionalism, the functions of the professional association, and the responsibilities of actuaries.
  5. Understand the financial services market, including consumer needs, the main features and risks of financial products, and distribution channels.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of enterprise risk management and its role in organisational management.
  7. Ability to apply a risk assessment framework to identify and assess risks in different commercial situations.
  8. Discuss and apply the process of product design.
  9. Select an appropriate model to solve client problems.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay EXCEL spreadsheet + Essay One question on constructing a model office 10% Week 1 7.
Essay 5 questions on topics covered in the first 5 weeks of the semester. 20% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Examination - Closed book with a non-programmable calculator. 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid Semester Exam (Saturday of week 6) 20% Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

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Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduces the Actuarial Control Cycle and explores its application to a variety of practical commercial situations..ns

Considers how elements of the external business environment such as physical, political, legislative, social, economic, demographic and technological changes impact on medium- and long-term business decisions.

Critically explores the need for specific government regulations and public policy and the potential impact on commercial decisions.

Examines the principles of professionalism in the field of actuarial science, the expected behaviour of professional actuaries and managing conflicts of interests.

Provides an overview of the financial services market, including features, risks, distribution channels of various financial products and the customer needs served by this market.

Introduces the concept of enterprise risk management and its role in the management of a company. Particular emphasis will be on applying a risk assessment framework to identify, assess, evaluate and design a risk management plan to suit various commercial situations.

To describe the process to develop any specific insurance products.

To use the various criteria to choose a model to suit the purpose, subject to business and data constraints.

Approved on: Jun 11, 2018. Edition: 1.5