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Course Outlines

OPMT 0199 Math for Business

School School of Business + Media
Program Operations Management
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date January 06, 2021
End Date March 24, 2021
Total Weeks 12
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 11992

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name William Ng
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SE6 tba
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Upgrades and refreshes the mathematical skills of students who intend to enter the School of Business at BCIT. A suitable prerequisite for the mathematics courses in the School of Business as it meets the Math 11 entrance requirement. The course includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, graphical techniques, ratios, percentages and the elementary business applications of these concepts.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and convert between numbers, decimals, fractions, and percents.
  • Multiple and divide numbers and terms with exponents.
  • Follow the order of operations.
  • Solve number, rate, comparison, money, inequality, ratio and proportion, mixture, break-even and quadratic formula problems using one and/or two variables.
  • Graph lines, linear inequalities, and non-linear equations.
  • Factor trinomials.
  • Solve polynomial equations.
  • Solve equations with one variable.
  • Solve pairs of equations with two variables by the substitution, elimination and graphing methods.
  • Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic form of the equation and the quadratic formula.

Learning Resources


Beginning Algebra, by Tobey, Slater, Blair, Crawford, 9th Edition, Pearson Education. ISBN 9780134187792 in the form of a softcover book or an online access to the e-text and paid access to the Pearson MyLab website to access the learning materials. Either way, students must have the paid online access to to the Pearson MyLab.

Student will need a calculator. The recommended unit is the Texas Instrument BA II PLUS calculator (available from the TNT on the BCIT campus). This calculator brand will be used at BCIT for the first year Business Mathematics and Statistics courses in the Business School. Any version of this calculator will function well.

Course Goals

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have acquired the basic arithmetic and algebraic skills necessary to commence studies in the School of Business at BCIT.

The minimum acceptable grade as a prerequisite for admission is 67%. As different programs within BCIT are competitive please check with your program coordinator for exact prerequisite entry requirements.

Evaluation Criteria













To pass the course you have to achieve a minimum of 50% overall grade. However, to use this course as a prerequisite for admission to first year day school in the School of Business, you must have an overall grade of at least 67%. For use as a pre-requisite for specific programs or math courses, the minimum requirement may be higher, please check with your program area.

Course Specific Requirements

This course is an intense and fast paced refresher of mathematics intended to meet the entrance requirements of the BCIT Business School. Students should enter this course with a mindset of allocating at least two days of study per week in order to successfully complete this course. If the learning and study work is not performed as scheduled, the end result will not be as desired.

  1. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this course including exams will be conducted online, until face-to-face courses become possible. [ONLY FOR COURSES WHICH MAY TRANSITION]
  2. Students should set aside time to perform the learning according to the course schedule. All tests and exams, as well as “virtual” classes will take place during the specified time. Students also need to set aside time away from the course schedule to perform the homework, studying and assignments.
  3. To study effectively while working remotely on this course, the following set-ups are required:
    • A study work area, away from noise and interruptions for the duration.
    • Access to a personal computer that equipped with a webcam and a microphone for class participation and test taking and a reliable internet connection.
    • Ability to scan or photograph your work for return to the instructor for marking. Please note only collated PDF files are accepted (pictures are not acceptable).
    • Access to a printer is recommended to print out some of the assignments and quizzes to work more effectively.

Course Schedule and Assignments



Outcome / Topic

Text Reference




Jan 6

L0 - Review of Arithmetic Skills

L1 - Real Numbers and Variables

Chapter 0.1-0.6

Chapter 1.1-1.5

Homework Study Plan


Quiz #1


Jan 13

L2 - Real Numbers and Variables

L3 - Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 1.6-1.9

Chapter 2

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #2


Jan 20

L4 - Applied Problems – Part I

L5 - Applied Problems – Part II

Chapters 3.1-3.4, 3.6

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #3


Jan 27

L6 - Exponents and Polynomials

L7 - Factoring,

Chapter 4.1-4.4

Chapter 5.1-5.4

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #4


Feb 3

Review for Midterm


Review Quiz


Feb 10

Midterm Exam

Chapters 1-5


Feb 17

L8 - Rational Equations

Chapter 6.1, 6.5, 6.6

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #5


Feb 24

L9 / L10 - Graphing and Functions

Chapter 7.1-7.6

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #6


Mar 3

L11 - Systems of Equations

Break Even Analysis

Chapter 8

Class Notes & Examples

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #7


Mar 10

L12 - Basic Quadratic Equations

Chapter 9.1

Chapter 10.1, 10.3, 10.4

Homework Study Plan

Quiz #8


Mar 17

Review for Final Exam

Entire course

Homework Final Review

Quiz #9


Mar 24

Final Examination

Entire course


This outline and session schedule is intended to provide an overview of lecture topics and relevant text material.

Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
William Ng, Instructor
December 07, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Sam Choo, Program Head
December 07, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Ron Wlock, Program Head
December 08, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
December 08, 2020

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.