Fall 2022 - ACMA 301 D100

Long-Term Actuarial Mathematics I (3)

Class Number: 4781

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5009, Burnaby

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5009, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 2503, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ACMA 201 (or 210), with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: STAT 285.



Life tables, basic survival models. Basic life insurance and annuities: present value random variables, premium calculations, reserves. Computer applications for pricing and reserving for life insurance portfolios. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam LTAM of the Society of Actuaries. Students with credit for ACMA 320 cannot take ACMA 301 for further credit. Quantitative.



The topics covered correspond to part of Exam LTAM of the Society of Actuaries (www.soa.org), and they include

1.       Introduction to life insurance
2.       Survival models
3.       Life tables and selection
4.       Net single premiums for life insurance contracts
5.       Life annuities
6.       Premiums
7.       Policy values

This course is accredited under the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) University Accreditation Program (UAP). Details of required courses and grades at Simon Fraser University are available here (https://www.cia-ica.ca/membership/university-accreditation-program-home/accredited-universities/accredited-university-detail?pav_universityid=236ca8c4-60e5-e511-80b9-00155d111030).

In addition to the specific university’s internal policies on conduct, including academic misconduct, candidates pursuing credits for writing professional examinations shall also be subject to the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Candidates in the CIA Education System and the associated Policy on Conduct and Ethics for Candidates in the CIA Education System. For more information, please visit Obtaining UAP Credits (https://www.cia-ica.ca/membership/university-accreditation-program-home/information-for-candidates/obtaining-uap-credits).


  • Assignments 10%
  • Midterm 1 25%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Midterm 2 25%


Both midterm dates may be altered depending on teaching progress.
All weights will be finalized on the first lecture day.



Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingent Risks, 3rd ed. by Dickson, Hardy & Waters.; Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Chapters 1–7)


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with Disabilities:
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