Fall 2022 - ACMA 101 E100

Introduction to Insurance (3)

Class Number: 4618

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

    We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 24, 2022
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    Dec 17, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Corequisites:

    MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157.



General overview of universally useful concepts in insurance, pensions and financial management. Typical life, health and property & casualty insurance products; underwriting; pricing; reserving; regulation; social insurance; retirement plans and annuities; financial planning: mortgages, loans, wealth management. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


This course is an introduction to insurance products and financial planning. The topics covered include

Introduction: insurance, interest rates, valuing cash flows, determinants of interest rates

Life Insurance: actuarial fundamentals, mortality tables, pricing, premium calculations for life insurance products (term, whole-life, endowment, life annuities), universal life insurance, underwriting

Health insurance: individual versus group coverage, health benefits in Canada, private medical plans, coverage modifications (deductible, coinsurance, policy limit), pricing

Retirement income arrangement: government-administered pension programs, employer-sponsored retirement income plans (defined contribution, defined benefit, combinations), principal provisions

Property & Casualty insurance: frequency and severity, car insurance (coverage, risk classification, experience ratings), home insurance (coverage, types of policies), workers' compensation

Personal financial planning: personal loans, mortgages, role of insurance in personal financial planning

The topics covered by this course are subject to some adjustments


  • Assignments 20%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final Exam 50%


All above grading is subject to change



  • Life Insurance by K. Black and H. Skipper, Prentice-Hall
  • Morneau Shepell Handbook of Canadian Pension and Benefit Plans by Morneau Shepell.
  • Group Insurance by W.F. Bluhm, ACTEX Publications       
  • Insurance Operations Edited by Susan Kearney, The Institutes       
  • Survey of Personal Insurance and Financial Planning, Edited by Mary Ann Cook, The Institutes       
  • Survey of Commercial Insurance, Edited by Arthur Flitner, The Institutes


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