Introduction to Actuarial Science

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Introduction to Actuarial Science

What is the course about?

Introduction to Actuarial Science
The course Introduction to Actuarial Science is an online class provided by Australian National University through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
This course readies you for a career as an actuary in finance, investments, banking or insurance.
Course description
Actuary is rated the best job of 2015 by CareerCast.com because it pays well and offers abundant opportunities for advancement. You may have heard of actuarial science, or you might even know an actuary, but do you know what an actuary does? During the course you’ll hear from a wide variety of actuaries about their careers. And don’t be scared that the course will be “just a whole lot of mathematics”. Together, we will go beyond the math to learn how actuaries approach problems relating to risk, using examples from: Finance Investments Banking Insurance You will learn how actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in these industries and other professions. You’ll experience “hands-on” learning using Excel (or an equivalent spreadsheet tool) to project and investigate the financial condition of a company choosing appropriate strategies for the company through the use of simulations. The course has been carefully designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, with secondary/high school level being the only assumption of mathematical background. Even if you don’t have any background in, for example, calculus, the course has been designed so you can skip over these sections without affecting your understanding of the rest of the course. You also do not need to have any Excel or other spreadsheet background to take the course. For those with stronger mathematical backgrounds, extension questions are provided to test you further. You’ll learn a huge amount about actuarial science no matter what your background is! Join us today. To connect with the course community before and during the course, join our Facebook group, and tweet us with #actuarialedX. “Great introduction to this specialized field; every day there are new challenges where as a student you are put in a situation to learn and apply the lessons with practical exercises. Great structure of the course, with main concepts to review at the end of a lesson. I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn more about actuarial science.” – Previous student

Prerequisites & Facts

Introduction to Actuarial Science

Course Topic

Data Analysis and Statistics, Economics and Finance, Math

University, College, Institution

Australian National University

Course Skill Level

Introductory

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Introduction to Actuarial Science

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Australian National University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: Australian National University
Topic: Data Analysis and Statistics, Economics and Finance, Math
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