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ACSC71-401: Actuarial Control Cycle 2 May 2020 [Standard - Actuarial Control Cycle 2]

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 real-world problems and issues in commercial and business environments. Applications will include various insurance practice areas and wider fields. 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 to cover contemporary issues.  This subject, Actuarial Control Cycle 2, is the sequel to Actuarial Control Cycle 1. The focus is on advanced applications of the Actuarial Control Cycle framework to a broad array of business issues.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACSC71-401
Subject title:Actuarial Control Cycle 2
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
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) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • The Institute of Actuaries Australia (2010). Understanding Actuarial Management: the Actuarial Control Cycle. 2nd,
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into Actuarial Science Honours or Actuarial Practice Programs.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Apply appropriate tools to measure and manage capital.
  2. Apply relevant approaches and techniques to the valuation of liabilities.
  3. Demonstrate advanced application of knowledge to determine appropriate pricing of insurance and related products.
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to measure, report and maintain solvency.
  5. Calculate the emergence of profits under various valuation bases.
  6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and analytical skills to apply and complete the actuarial control cycle feedback process.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to perform in a manner consist with the code of professional conduct expected of actuaries.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Assignment (to show how the valuation basis would influence the emergence of yearly profits) 10% Week 5 1, 2.
Essay Assignment (to construct liability projections based on certain assumptions) 10% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Comprehensive Final Examination 50% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Mid Semester Exam (Saturday of week 6) 30% 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.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

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.

Additional subject information

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. There are two options for gaining an exemption for Parts IIA and IIB. Option 1 requires a minimum mark of 65% in each of three subjects (i.e., ACSC71-400 Actuarial Control Cycle 1, ACSC71-401 Actuarial Control Cycle 2 and ACSC71-402 Investments and Asset Modelling) AND a 75% average mark across all three of these subjects. Option 2 requires a minimum mark of 65% in each of the two subjects (i.e., ACSC71-400 Actuarial Control Cycle 1, and ACSC71-401 Actuarial Control Cycle 2), AND a 75% average mark across both of these subjects AND Pass the Actuarial Institute’s Investment Bridging course. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

An overview of the method of Actuarial Control Cycle and review of the key elements of Actuarial Control Cycle 1.

The quality of actuarial work depends on the quality of data and assumptions used and various constraints such as time, resources and the amount of relevant data.

The need for capital in any business endeavour is considered. Methods for measuring and managing capital to achieve business objectives are also explored.

Different methods of valuing liabilities affect the emergence of profits in different ways. These methods are compared and their application to different situations is explored.

Application of the Actuarial Control Cycle to the pricing process is discussed in detail.

The three views of solvency. Why is it important to maintain solvency? The government regulations on solvency are also discussed.

Explores the relationship between profit pattern and valuation basis.

Examines the comparison of actual versus expected experience to complete the feedback loop of the Actuarial Control Cycle. The data collection requirements to support this process are also considered.

Approaches to responding to actual experience and the outcomes of the feedback process are considered.

The management of assets and the appropriate consideration of premiums and claims is examined in detail.

Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020.