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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 05, 2021
End Date March 23, 2021
Total Weeks 12
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 88652

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 Carmen Cottini
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SW11
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 (this can be a physical book or 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 as this is where assignments and most tests will take place.

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.

Course Goals

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

The minimum acceptable grade as a prerequisite for admission into some full time School of Business programs is 67%. Please check with your program of choice for exact prerequisite entry requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Chapter Reviews10
Midterm #115
Midterm # 225
Final Exam30

To pass this course you must achieve a grade of 50% overall. Please check with specific programs for information about their entrance requirements as a miniumum grade of 67% in this course may be required.

Course Specific Requirements

This course is a refresher of mathematics intended to meet the entrance requirements of the BCIT Business School. In order to be successful in this course, students should set aside at least 6 hours a week, outside of course time to complete homework and practice concepts.

  1. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this course including exams will be conducted online.
  2. Students should set aside time to perform the learning according to the course schedule. All tests and exams will take place during the specified time.
  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.
    • Access to a printer is recommended to print out some of the assignments and quizzes

Course Schedule and Assignments


Material Covered


Due Date

Jan 5

Chapter 0: All

Chapter 0 Assignment

Jan 11

Jan 12

Chapter 1: 1.1 - 1.9

Chapter 1 Assignment

Jan 18

Jan 19

Chapter 2: 2.1 – 2.6

Chapter 2 Assignment

Jan 25

Jan 26

Chapter 3: 3.1 - 3.6

Chapter 3 Assignment

Feb 1

Feb 2

Chapter 4: 4.1 – 4.5

Midterm #1

Chapter 4 Assignment

In Class

Feb 8

Feb 9

Chapter 5: 5.1 - 5.7

Chapter 5 Assignment

Feb 15


Chapter 6: 6.1 and 6.3 - 6.5

Chapter 6 Assignment

Feb 22

Feb 23

Chapter 7: 7.1 - 7.6

Chapter 7 Assignment

March 1

March 2

Chapter 8: All

Midterm #2

Chapter 8 Assignment

In Class

March 8

March 9

Chapter 9: 9.1 and 5.5 and Chapter 10: 10.1 – 10.3

Chapter 9/ 10 Assignment

March 15

March 16

Review and Guided Study

March 23

Final Exam: Cumulative

Final Exam

In Class

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.
Carmen Cottini, Assistant Director, Student Housing
December 21, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Sam Choo, Program Head
December 22, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Ron Wlock, Program Head
December 29, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
January 04, 2021

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