Mathematics 383, Actuarial Models III, Fall 2017
Illinois State University Mathematics Department
All class materials are available on Reggienet

Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA,, MAAA, Actuary at State Farm Insurance. E-mail:

Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA, MAAA, Actuarial Program Director
Office: Stevenson Hall room 313G. Office telephone: 309-438-7226, office fax: 309-438-5866. E-mail:
Mr. David Prevo, FCAS, Actuary at Country Financial, E-mail:
Mr. Michael Suess, ACAS, CPCU, Actuary at Country Financial, E-mail:

Classes Meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. (with a ten minute break), in Stevenson Hall, room 346.
Office Hours
Dr. Wei Hao will hold office hours for one hour before classes he teaches in room 303J in Stevenson Hall (tel. 309-438-7830). Dr. Ostaszewski will hold office hours Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.-- 3:50 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 313G. Please ask for an appointment at other times. Appointments with Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski should be scheduled at:

Study notes for this class will be provided on Reggienet.

The following textbooks are suggested, but not required:

Derivatives Markets, 3rd Edition, by Robert L. McDonald, Pearson, 2013.

The objective of this class is to help you learn about actuarial models, as studied in the Society of Actuaries Course MFE Examination, and the Casualty Actuarial Society Course 3F Examination.

There will be a total of five tests. Any of the comprehensive tests (as indicated in the schedule) can count as a final. No make-up tests will be offered. The final will count as 40% of your grade, and the best two of the remaining tests will count as 30% of your grade each. You will also receive up to 10% extra credit for the best of the remaining tests. The grading scale for will be as follows: 90% or better -- A, 80% to 90% -- B, 70% to 80% -- C, 60% to 70% -- D, below 60% -- F. Tests will be about 70% multiple choice, and the rest will be written answer. Students are strongly encouraged to explain their work thoroughly even in the multiple choice part of the test, as points for the work shown may be awarded. Also, this is an undergraduate class available for graduate credit, and this means that graduate students will be required to do additional work to earn the same grade as undergraduate students -- this will be represented in the stucture of the tests.

Important dates
Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Fall 2017 semester is given at this web site:

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Schedule of classes