Communications - MACT9530

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Canterbury
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 15 (7.5) Ian Rogers checkmark-circle

Overview

Actuaries deal with complex concepts in multi-disciplinary teams, so it is vital that they can communicate clearly and effectively to a wider audience. This module helps students to develop the ability to present fundamental actuarial ideas and concepts clearly to a wide range of different recipients. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective communication skills using a variety of different media, including PowerPoint slide presentations, and formal/informal letters and e-mails. Exercises are based on real-world commercial situations, and include group exercises.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

50% Examination, 50% Coursework

Indicative reading

This is primarily a practical module. The majority of the reading will be provided by specific lecture notes, but students should familiarise themselves with relevant financial publications such as the Financial Times, the Economist etc.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Draft communications relating to actuarial technical material intended to be read by a non-actuary, or by a specified person with technical actuarial skills, to a standard where the drafts would
* be acceptable as final documents without major changes or rewriting, though a moderate number of more minor changes might still be required
* be to a standard which might be appropriate for a newly qualified actuary, rather than a specialist experienced actuary
* convey the most important points clearly and contain no major mis-statements of fact or omissions or unsupported opinion

2 Create and perform oral presentations that would
* be to a standard which might be appropriate for a newly qualified actuary, rather than a specialist experienced actuary
* convey the most important points clearly
* be tailored towards the assumed knowledge of the audience

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate skills in the manipulation of actuarial material and an ability for logical argument.
2 demonstrate skills in organising information clearly, responding to written sources, presenting information orally and adapting style for different audiences;
3 demonstrate understanding the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information using judgmental skills and working in groups.

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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