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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Don Poskitt


To provide a further grounding in mathematical and statistical techniques of particular relevance to insurance and financial work.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • explain the concepts of decision theory and apply them
  • calculate probabilities and moments of loss distributions both with and without limits and risk-sharing arrangements
  • construct risk models involving frequency and severity distributions and calculate the moment generating function and the moments for the risk models both with and without simple reinsurance arrangements
  • explain the concept of ruin for a risk model
  • explain the fundamental concepts of Bayesian statistics and use these concepts to calculate Bayesian estimators
  • describe the fundamental concepts of risk rating and apply them to simple experience rating systems
  • describe and apply techniques for analysing a delay (or run-off) triangle and projecting the ultimate position
  • explain the fundamental concepts of a generalised linear model (GLM), and describe how a GLM may apply
  • define and apply the main concepts underlying the analysis of time series models
  • explain the concepts of 'Monte Carlo' simulation using a series of pseudo-random numbers.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Catherine Forbes

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial per week