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Certificate in Data Science – syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to data science, data management and processing

  • Introduction to planning a data science project
    • Professional and ethical considerations
  • Understanding how to create the data set
    • Data collection methods - methods by which data can be collected e.g. page scraping, survey, etc.
    • Data preparation - importance of data ‘cleaning’, validity and quality
    • Data analysis - how format and volume of data limits methods of analysis available
  • Optional: an introduction to Python for Data Science data collection
    • Page scraping using Python
    • Interrogating an 'open data' API
    • Examining a non-relational database

Module 2: Data analysis and introduction to machine learning (ML)

  • Understanding of common statistical techniques in ML
    • Analytical methods for different data types and format
  • Visualise result of data analysis
    • Factors to consider
  • Introduction to ML using Linear Regression model
    • Benefits and drawbacks of analysis
  • Application to (IFoA material) case study

Module 3: Data visualisation and communication

  • Identifying audience requirements
  • Data scientist as ‘storyteller’
  • Building a narrative
  • Explaining the technical - how to communicate the role played by ML and/or AI techniques resulting in an informed audience
  • Visualisation techniques
  • Using 'Off The Shelf'/proprietary tools
  • Issues for communication in an actuarial context

Optional: Visualising Data with Python libraries

Module 4: Further analysis and artificial intelligence

  • Selection of analysis method
  • Common machine learning models
  • Comparison of AI and ML
  • AI selection criteria
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Application to (IFoA supplied) case study

Module 5: Good practice of data science, and responsible AI

  • Responsibilities of actuaries around data science and AI (IFoA material)
  • Awareness of ethical issues which may possibly arise within participants organisation
  • Developing ethical and professional safeguards (IFoA material)

Module 6: Future directions

  • Discussion of future directions of data science and AI in actuarial contexts
  • Question and answer (Q&A) and support to complete assignments

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Start date
E.g., 23/09/2020
End date
E.g., 23/09/2020

Events calendar

  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    7 September 2020 - 25 September 2020

    Spaces available

    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.


  • Spaces available

    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities. 

  • Spaces available

    16.00-17.00 GMT+8

    Consumer expectations are changing Insurance. The Royal Commission in Australia, Design Obligations in the UK, the insurtech ecosystem, and digital-first consumers demanding personalised solutions will all revolutionise how insurance looks like in the future.

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presenter / panel workshop hybrid will be anchored by two presentations examining the socioeconomic, medical and technological factors that will have a significant impact on mortality and our pricing over the next 20 years and beyond. It will also discuss whether significant mortality improvement will continue in Asia or whether varying experience of low improvements or deterioration. 

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presentation aims to provides an overview of the reformation of current Chinese regulatory solvency regime, how industry coping with the new normal after pandemic time and how the reformation of the regulation could help the insurance industry gets back on its feet as well as coming back to the “protection” core value for the policyholders. The presentation would include:

  • Spaces available

    16.00-17.00 (GMT+8) | 09.00-10.00 (BST)

    The basic data of China’s 2nd Critical Illness Mortality Table covers 2000+ products in Chinese market, including about 340 million insurance policies and 5.1 million claimants. Presenter will give the audience a general understanding including but not limited to the following contents:

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.