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Statistics and Actuarial Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Actuarial Science Honours

Bachelor of Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science offers a bachelor of science (BSc) honours program in actuarial science within the Faculty of Science.

The program maintains a committee of advisors whose office hours are available at the general office and at www.stat.sfu.ca. Students should seek advice early in their academic careers about program planning from the department's advisors.

Courses for Further Credit

No student may complete, for further credit, any course offered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science which is a prerequisite for a course the student has already completed with a grade of C- or higher without permission of the department.

Computing Recommendation

Some experience with a high level programming language is recommended by the beginning of the second year.

Prerequisite Grade Requirement

Students must have a grade of C- or better in prerequisites for STAT courses. Students must have a grade of C or better in prerequisites for ACMA courses.

GPA Required for Continuation

To continue in the program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in MATH, STAT, MACM or ACMA courses.

Graduation Requirement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 upper division units including a minimum of 48 units in the honours subject or field, and achieve a CGPA of 3.0 or better to graduate.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Graduation Grade Point Averages

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

ACMA 101 - Introduction to Insurance (3)

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. Corequisite: MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

ACMA 210 - Mathematics of Compound Interest (3)

Measurement of interest, present value. Equations of value. Basic annuities: immediate, due, perpetuity. General annuities. Yield rates: cash flow analysis, reinvestment rate, portfolio and investment year methods. Amortization schedules and sinking funds. Bonds and other securities. Inflation, yield curves, immunization. Applications: real estate mortgages, depreciation methods. Interest rate disclosure and regulation in Canada. Covers the interest theory portion of Exam FM of the Society of Actuaries. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Quantitative.

BUS 251 - Financial Accounting I (3)

An introduction to financial accounting, including accounting terminology, understanding financial statements, analysis of a business entity using financial statements. Includes also time value of money and a critical review of the conventional accounting system. Prerequisite: 12 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anne Macdonald
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D106
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D107
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D200 Susan Bubra
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3170, Surrey
D201
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3150, Surrey
D202
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3240, Surrey
D203
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3150, Surrey
D204
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3240, Surrey
E100 Arsineh Garabedian
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
E101
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
E102
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
E103
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
E104
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
E105
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
E106
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
E107
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
BUS 254 - Managerial Accounting I (3)

Theory and methods of cost compilation for managerial planning, control and decision making; the use of budgets and analysis in planning and controlling operations, establishing supervisory and departmental responsibility, and various techniques of measuring results. Prerequisite: BUS 251; 15 units. Students with credit for BUS 324, BUS 328, or COMM 324 may not take BUS 254 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kwai Man Teresa Fung
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D104
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D105
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D106
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D107
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D108
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D200 Matthew Martell
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3310, Surrey
D201
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3150, Surrey
D202
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D203
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3260, Surrey
D204
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
E100 Kwai Man Teresa Fung
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
E107
Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
E108
Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
E109
Th 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
E110
Th 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
E111
Th 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
E112
Th 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value, price and costs, factor analysis, productivity, labor organization, competition and monopoly, and the theory of the firm. Students with credit for ECON 200 cannot take ECON 103 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Douglas Allen
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D103
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D104
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D105
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D106
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D107
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D108
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D109
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D110
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D111
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D112
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D113
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D114
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D115
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D116
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D117
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D118
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D119
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D120
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D121
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D122
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D123
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D124
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D125
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D126
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D127
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D128
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D129
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D130
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D131
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D132
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D900 Seong Choi
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5140, Surrey
E100 Iryna Dudnyk
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1700, Vancouver
ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning money and income, distribution, social accounts, public finance, international trade, comparative systems, and development and growth. Students with credit for ECON 205 cannot take ECON 105 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Krauth
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D103
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D104
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D105
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D106
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D107
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D108
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D110
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D111
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D112
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D113
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D114
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D115
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D116
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D117
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D118
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D119
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D120
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D121
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D122
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D123
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D124
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D125
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D126
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D127
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D128
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D129
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D130
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D131
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D132
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D900 Seong Choi
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5240, Surrey
MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5280, Surrey
D300
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2810, Burnaby
OP01
TBD
OP02
TBD
MATH 251 - Calculus III (3)

Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Recommended: It is recommended that MATH 240 or 232 be taken before or concurrently with MATH 251. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Steven Ruuth
Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
OP01
TBD
STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Basic laws of probability, sample distributions. Introduction to statistical inference and applications. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158. Students wishing an intuitive appreciation of a broad range of statistical strategies may wish to take STAT 100 first. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Boxin Tang
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D900 Scott Pai
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SUR 3170, Surrey
SUR 3170, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP09
TBD
STAT 285 - Intermediate Probability and Statistics (3)

This course is a continuation of STAT 270. Review of probability models. Procedures for statistical inference using survey results and experimental data. Statistical model building. Elementary design of experiments. Regression methods. Introduction to categorical data analysis. Prerequisite: STAT 270. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Liangliang Wang
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SECB 1013, Burnaby
SECB 1012, Burnaby
D101 Liangliang Wang
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D102 Liangliang Wang
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D104 Liangliang Wang
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby

and one of

MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100
Mo, Tu, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D200
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 2750, Surrey
SUR 2750, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP02
TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3) *

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.

and one of

MATH 232 - Applied Linear Algebra (3)

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. An emphasis on applications involving matrix and vector calculations. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 make not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cedric Chauve
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP02
TBD
MATH 240 - Algebra I: Linear Algebra (3) *

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Real and abstract vector spaces, subspaces and linear transformations; basis and change of basis. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. Subject is presented with an abstract emphasis and includes proofs of the basic theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 232 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
OP01
TBD

and one lower or upper division CMPT courses. Recommended is CMPT 110, 125, 126, 129 or 130

and two ENGL or PHIL courses.

* recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete the following courses:

all of

ACMA 320 - Actuarial Mathematics I (5)

Survival distributions: age at death, life tables, fractional ages, mortality laws, select and ultimate life tables. Life insurance: actuarial present value function (apv), moments of apv, basic life insurance contracts, portfolio. Life annuities: actuarial accumulation function, moments of apv, basic life annuities. Net annual premiums: actuarial equivalence principle, loss function, accumulation type benefits. Actuarial reserves: prospective loss function, basic contracts, recursive equations, fractional durations. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam M of the Society of Actuaries and Exam 3 of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and covers practical applications such as computational aspects of pricing and reserving, and risk measurement of insurance portfolios. Prerequisite: STAT 285 and ACMA 210 (with a grade of C+ or higher). Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Barbara Sanders
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D101 Barbara Sanders
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
ACMA 340 - Financial Economics for Actuaries (3)

Actuarial models and their application to insurance and financial risks. Introductory derivatives: stocks, forwards, futures, swaps. Options: types, styles, parity and other relationships. Option strategies and risk management. Discrete-time models: binomial models, multi-period models. Continuous-time models: Black-Scholes-Merton model. Monte Carlo methods. Exotic options: Asian, barrier, gap options. Prerequisite: ACMA 210 and STAT 285. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jean-Francois Begin
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D101 Jean-Francois Begin
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
ACMA 355 - Loss Models I (3)

Severity models. Risk measures. Frequency models. Estimation: complete data, modified data, empirical distribution, Nelson-Aalen, ogive, Kaplan-Meier, kernel density, interval. Parametric estimation: method of moments, MLE. Bayesian estimation. Model selection. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam C of the Society of Actuaries and Exam 4 of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Corequisite: STAT 330. Quantitative.

ACMA 425 - Actuarial Mathematics II (3)

Actuarial reserves: allocation of the loss to the policy years. Multiple life functions: joint-life, last-survivor. Multiple decrement models: stochastic and deterministic approaches, associated single decrement, fractional durations. Valuation theory for pension plans. Insurance models including expenses: gross premiums and reserves, type of expenses, modified reserves. Nonforfeiture benefits and dividends: equity concept, cash values insurance options, asset shares, dividends. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam M of the Society of Actuaries and Exam 3 of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Prerequisite: ACMA 320. Quantitative.

ACMA 440 - Models for Financial Economics (3)

Advanced actuarial models and their application to insurance and financial risks. Exotic options. Market-making, hedging and option greeks. Introduction to stochastic calculus: Ito's lemma, risk neutrality, fundamental theorems of asset pricing. Interest rate modelling and derivatives. Advanced option pricing models. Implied volatility and empirical issues. Actuarial applications: variable annuities. Prerequisite: ACMA 320 and ACMA 340. Quantitative.

ACMA 455 - Loss Models II (3)

Frequency and severity with coverage modifications: deductibles, policy limit, coinsurance. Aggregate loss models. Conjugate priors, linear exponential family. Credibility models. Estimation: empirical Bayes, nonparametric, semiparametric. Simulations. Stochastic processes: Poisson and compound Poisson processes. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam C of the Society of Actuaries and Exam 4 of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Prerequisite: ACMA 320 and ACMA 355. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Chi-Liang Tsai
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D101 Chi-Liang Tsai
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
STAT 330 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3)

Review of probability and distributions. Multivariate distributions. Distributions of functions of random variables. Limiting distributions. Inference. Sufficient statistics for the exponential family. Maximum likelihood. Bayes estimation, Fisher information, limiting distributions of MLEs. Likelihood ratio tests. Prerequisite: STAT 285, MATH 251, and one of MATH 232 or MATH 240. Quantitative.

STAT 450 - Statistical Theory (3)

Distribution theory, methods for constructing tests, estimators, and confidence intervals with special attention to likelihood methods. Properties of the procedures including large sample theory. Prerequisite: STAT 330. Quantitative.

and two of

ACMA 395 - Special Topics in Actuarial Science (3)

Topics in areas of actuarial science not covered in the regular curriculum of the department. Prerequisite: Dependent on the topics covered.

ACMA 465 - Demography and Mortality Models (3)

Measures of mortality and fertility: Crude rates, age-specific mortality rates, adjusted measures of mortality. Construction of life tables from census data. Stationary population theory: survivorship group, Lexis diagram. Stable population theory: Sharpe-Lotka theorem, growth rate, quasi-stable populations. Mortality models. Longevity risk. Prerequisite: ACMA 320. Quantitative.

ACMA 470 - Property and Casualty Insurance (3)

Ratemaking: terminology, process, trend, ultimate losses, expense provisions, profit and contingencies, overall rate indications, classification rates, increased limits. Individual risk rating: prospective systems, retrospective rating, design. Loss Reserving: accounting concepts, definitions, principles, loss reserving process. Risk classification: relationship to other mechanisms, criteria for selecting rating variables, examples, efficiency, estimating class relativities. Covers part of the syllabus for Exam 5 of Casualty Actuarial Society. Prerequisite: ACMA 320. Students with credit for ACMA 490 or STAT 490 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sessional
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
ACMA 475 - Theory of Pension (3)

Overview of pension plans: design, funding, regulation, accounting standards. Pension funding methods: actuarial cost methods, terminal funding method. Individual actuarial cost methods: accrual benefit cost method, entry-age actuarial cost method, unit-credit method, individual-level-premium method, attainted-age-normal method. Group actuarial cost methods. Prerequisite: ACMA 320. Corequisite: ACMA 425. Students with credit for STAT 490 or ACMA 490 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

ACMA 490 - Selected Topics in Actuarial Science (3)

The topics included in this course will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest. Prerequisite: Dependent on the topic covered.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Chi-Liang Tsai
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D201 Chi-Liang Tsai
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D300 Barbara Sanders
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D301 Barbara Sanders
Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby

and three of

ACMA 360W - Actuarial Communication (3)

Guided experiences in written and oral communication of actuarial ideas and results to both expert and lay audiences. Prerequisite: ACMA 320. Students who have taken STAT 300W first may not then take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

BUS 312 - Introduction to Finance (4)

Role and function of financial managers, financial analysis, compound interest valuation and capital budgeting, management of current assets, introduction to financial instruments and institutions. Prerequisite: BUS 254 (or 324); 60 units. Recommended: BUS 207, ECON 201, or ECON 301. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 George Blazenko
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
E100 George Blazenko
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
BUS 315 - Investments (4)

Investments from an individual and institutional point of view. Topics include: bond valuation and the term structure of interest rates, stock valuation, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, efficient markets and portfolio performance evaluation. Prerequisite: BUS 312, BUS 336 and BUS 207 or ECON 201 or ECON 301; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 M EMRUL HASAN
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
E100 Flora Hsiao
Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
ECON 302 - Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)

Aspects of microeconomic theory concerned with strategic behavior, imperfect information, and market failure. Topics include game theory and oligopoly; uncertainty and insurance; asymmetric information and market power, externalities and public goods, together with related issues in welfare economics. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301; 60 Units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steeve Mongrain
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D102
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D104
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D105
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D106
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D107
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D108
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D109
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D110
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D111
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D112
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
ECON 305 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Concepts and methods of analysis of macroeconomic variables -- consumption, investment, government and foreign trade. Classical and Keynesian models compared; analysis of economic statics and dynamics. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301, 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 103 and 105 at Simon Fraser University at their first attempt can complete ECON 305 concurrently with ECON 201 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to register on this basis must contact the undergraduate advisor in economics. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Knowles
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D105
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D107
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D108
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
MACM 316 - Numerical Analysis I (3)

A presentation of the problems commonly arising in numerical analysis and scientific computing and the basic methods for their solutions. Prerequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158, and MATH 232 or 240, and computing experience. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D104
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D105
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D106
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
D107
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
MATH 309 - Continuous Optimization (3)

Theoretical and computational methods for investigating the minimum of a function of several real variables with and without inequality constraints. Applications to operations research, model fitting, and economic theory. Prerequisite: MATH 232 or 240, and 251. Quantitative.

MATH 310 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Razvan Fetecau
Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
E101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
E102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
E103
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
E104
Mo 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
STAT 341 - Introduction to Statistical Computing and Exploratory Data Analysis - R (2)

Introduces the R statistical package. Data management; reading, editing and storing statistical data; data exploration and representation; summarizing data with tables, graphs and other statistical tools; and data simulation. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333 or equivalent. Students with credit for STAT 340 may not take STAT 341 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brad McNeney
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Brad McNeney
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
D102 Brad McNeney
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
D103 Brad McNeney
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
D104 Brad McNeney
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
STAT 342 - Introduction to Statistical Computing and Exploratory Data Analysis - SAS (2)

Introduces the SAS statistical package. Data management; reading, editing and storing statistical data; data exploration and representation; summarizing data with tables, graphs and other statistical tools; and data simulation. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333. Students with credit for STAT 340 may not take STAT 342 for further credit.

STAT 350 - Linear Models in Applied Statistics (3)

Theory and application of linear regression. Normal distribution theory. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Model selection. Model diagnostics. Introduction to weighted least squares and generalized linear models. Prerequisite: STAT 285, MATH 251, and one of MATH 232 or MATH 240. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Gamage Perera
Mo 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 5140, Surrey
SUR 5140, Surrey
E101 Gamage Perera
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SUR 2710, Surrey
E102 Gamage Perera
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SUR 2710, Surrey
STAT 380 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes (3)

Review of discrete and continuous probability models and relationships between them. Exploration of conditioning and conditional expectation. Markov chains. Random walks. Continuous time processes. Poisson process. Markov processes. Gaussian processes. Prerequisite: STAT 330, or all of: STAT 285, MATH 208, and MATH 251. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Richard Lockhart
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101 Richard Lockhart
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D102 Richard Lockhart
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
STAT 440 - Learning from Big Data (3)

A data-first discovery of advanced statistical methods. Focus will be on a series of forecasting and prediction competitions, each based on a large real-world dataset. Additionally, practical tools for statistical modeling in real-world environments will be explored. Prerequisite: 90 units including STAT 350 and one of STAT 341 or CMPT 225, or instructor approval. STAT 240 is also recommended.

STAT 445 - Applied Multivariate Analysis (3)

Introduction to principal components, cluster analysis, and other commonly used multivariate techniques. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333 or equivalent. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Liangliang Wang
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
BLU 9660, Burnaby
D101 Liangliang Wang
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
D102 Liangliang Wang
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 Liangliang Wang
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D104 Liangliang Wang
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D105 Liangliang Wang
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
STAT 452 - Statistical Learning and Prediction (3)

An introduction to the essential modern supervised and unsupervised statistical learning methods. Topics include review of linear regression, classification, statistical error measurement, flexible regression and classification methods, clustering and dimension reduction. Prerequisite: STAT 302 or STAT 305 or STAT 350 or equivalent. Quantitative.

STAT 460 - Bayesian Statistics (3)

The Bayesian approach to statistics is an alternative and increasingly popular way of quantifying uncertainty in the presence of data. This course considers comparative statistical inference, prior distributions, Bayesian computation, and applications. Prerequisite: STAT 330 and 350. Quantitative.

STAT 475 - Applied Discrete Data Analysis (3)

Introduction to standard methodology for analyzing categorical data including chi-squared tests for two- and multi-way contingency tables, logistic regression, and loglinear (Poisson) regression. Prerequisite: STAT 302 or STAT 305 or STAT 350 or BUEC 333 or equivalent. Students with credit for the former STAT 402 or 602 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joan Hu
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Joan Hu
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D102 Joan Hu
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D103 Joan Hu
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D104 Joan Hu
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
STAT 485 - Applied Time Series Analysis (3)

Introduction to linear time series analysis including moving average, autoregressive and ARIMA models, estimation, data analysis, forecasting errors and confidence intervals, conditional and unconditional models, and seasonal models. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333 or equivalent. This course may not be taken for further credit by students who have credit for ECON 484. Quantitative.

Certain elective courses are pre-approved courses for Valuation by Educational Experience (VEE) units from the Society of Actuaries. Information is available at www.soa.org.

University Honours Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.