Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Insurance Practices

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will be divided into three main parts, intermediation, reinsurance, underwriting and claims.

For the section of Intermediation the study will delve into: (1) the types of insurance intermediaries, (2) the different roles, duties and functions of insurance intermediaries; (3) how the insurance broker operates for buyer and for seller in the market; (4) the tools used by independent intermediaries to provide financial protection to clients; (5) strategies used by independent intermediaries in providing their services; and (6) legal and regulatory rules applying to intermediaries in the Maltese and EU market.

For the section on Underwriting and Claims the study-unit will delve into: (1) the Environment in which general business insurance is underwritten with special reference to the Maltese scenario; (2) the selection of classes of business and the design of products as requirements in order to manage a general insurance and underwriting account; (3) the setting of underwriting policies for the selected classes of business; (4) the setting of pricing and management of the exposures for the said selected classes of business; (5) operational controls, budgeting and monitoring of results; (6) claims philosophies; (7) the implementation of claims systems; (8) the management of claims functions and the management of the claims service; and (9) claims practice within the non life insurance industry with a special reference to the Maltese scenario.

For the part on Reinsurance the study-unit will delve into: (1) the principles of Reinsurance and their general applications to the different methods of reinsurance; (2) the law and regulation relating to reinsurance; (3) the basic contract wordings; (4) the basic accounting considerations; and (5) practical situations and given scenarios.

Study-unit Aims:

- To familiarise students with the role and function of the various insurance intermediaries in the industry;
- To describe the system of underwriting and how this is used to analyse risks and decide on whether to insure them;
- To explain when and how reinsurance and co-insurance arrangements are used to support underwriting;
- To describe the claims processes and how claims are settled to the point of recovery.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define the various market players and respective functions within the insurance industry;
- Describe the various underwriting and claims processes;
- Evaluate the mechanics behind risk sharing methods such as reinsurance.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply advanced insurance practices and procedures;
- Compute reinsurance arrangements and solve claims scenarios.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Recommended Text

i) Chartered Insurance Institute,(2017). 785 Reinsurance. London: CII
ii) Chartered Insurance Institute,(2017). 815 Underwriting Management. London: CII
iii) Chartered Insurance Institute,(2017). 820 Claims Management. London: CII
iv) Chartered Insurance Institute,(2017). 930 Advanced Insurance claims handling process. London: CII
V) Golding, C.E.,(1987). The law and practice of Reinsurance. London: Witherby
Vi) Riley, K., (2001). The nuts and bolts of Reinsurance, 2nd Edition. London: Witherby
vii) Henley, C., (2003). The Law of Insurance Broking. London: Sweet and Maxwell


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Sean Anthony Agius
Catherine Calleja
Peter Spiteri

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