Course syllabus

More details of course syllabus can be found here.

Recommended background

Math 3160 (Probability) or State 3375 (Mathematical Statistics I); and Math 2620 (Financial Mathematics I)

Course textbook

Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingent Risks Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingent Risks, 2nd edition, by D. Dickson, M. Hardy, and H. Waters, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Solutions manual to the 2nd edition can also be ordered here:

In addition, the Cambridge University Press site may provide additional resources here: Cambridge University Press.

Any possible errata on the book can usually be found here.

(Picture file of textbook was downloaded from the Cambridge University Press website.)

Course assessments

Please mark your calendar for the following course assessments:

Class Test 1 20% September 27
Class Test 2 25% November 15
Homework/Assignment 20% random (weekly)
Final Examination 35% to be announced

Final examination

Final examination week for Fall 2015 semester takes place from Monday, December 14, through Sunday, December 20. Students are required to be available for their exam during the stated time. If you have a conflict with this time you must visit the Office of Student Services and Advocacy (OSSA) to discuss the possibility of rescheduling this exam.

Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the exam schedule and over-sleeping are not viable excuses for missing a final exam. If you think that your situation warrants permission to reschedule, please contact the Office of Student Services and Advocacy with any questions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Class attendance

While attendance is not compulsory, it will be checked randomly throughout the semester and students with excellent record of attendance may be rewarded. If necessary, students who are doing poorly in the class with poor record of attendance will be warned.

Academic integrity

A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty; academic work depends upon respect for and acknowledgement of the research and ideas of others. Misrepresenting someone else's work as one's own is a serious offense in any academic setting and it will not be condoned.

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (e.g. papers, projects, and examinations); any attempt to influence improperly (e.g. bribery, threats) any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the University in any matter pertaining to academics or research; presenting, as one'€™s own, the ideas or words of another for academic evaluation; doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved.

A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies described in "The Student Code."

Code of Conduct for candidates

This course prepares students for a professional examination administered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) for which credit is also awarded by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). Actuarial Candidates, as defined by these organizations, must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Candidates (SOA) and Code of Professional Ethics for Candidates (CAS). A copy of each has been distributed in class on the first day.