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Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies

Xian Zhou Seminar

Research Seminars - business and economics
  • Topic: Difficiencies of ActEd CT4 Study Notes and how to overcome them
  • Speaker: Xian Zhou, Associate Professor in Actuarial Studies, Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University
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This talk is mainly for people interested in actuarial education. The CT4 Study Notes on Survival Models written by The Actuarial Education Company (ActEd) have a number of difficiencies and inadequacies that run against effective teaching, especially to bright students who are attracted to the ACST programs for their reputation of high-quality actuarial education. These include, among others:
(i) Introducing important and necessary concepts without adequate explanations and demonstration of examples;
(ii) Not fully meeting the objectives set by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAAust);
(iii) Failure to utilise available and effective mathematical tools to solve major problems in the syllabi of the education program of the IAAust.
In this talk, I will illustrate such difficiencies and inadequacies, and show how to overcome them.


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