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Course Outlines

OPMT 7701

Calculus for Management

School School of Business + Media
Program Bachelor of Business Administration - Full Time/Part Time
Course Credits 4
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date April 20, 2021
End Date July 31, 2021
Total Hours 52
Total Weeks 15
Hours/Weeks 3.47
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites Acceptance into the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
CRN 63938

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 Kevin Wainwright
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SE10 100
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Introduces calculus course to business students. Topics reviewed are integration, differentiation and applications of calculus to business problems. The students apply calculus through problem sets to gain skills in the various techniques.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Appreciate the basics of limits and continuity.
  • Conceptualize the notion of maxima and minima as captured by derivation techniques.
  • Appreciate the application of Calculus to the social sciences and business.
  • Use these ideas in further courses.

Learning Resources

Ian Jacques Mathematics for ECONOMICS and BUSINESS With Pearson's MyLab and Mastering.

URL's for course:

Course Homepage

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Homework 40
Quizzes x 5 60 Each will be online; 50 to 60 minutes in length

Course Specific Requirements

This is a web based course. Students have assignments and quizzes administered online using MyMathLab.

Pearsons' MyLab will require a valid access code (see text book) To ACCESS MyMathLab, check your email or log onto the learning hub (D2L)

If you are having trouble accessing the material, try using another browser. Firefox works best, then Chrome

Safety equipment or protective clothing


Other information

NOTE: This is an online course, so the chapter reading dates are not exact. Use the assignment schedule in MyMathLab to guide your readings. Each assignment corresponds to a section listed in the reading list.

You need to review the announcements section for this course in MyMathLab REGULARLY! I will be posting important information, lecture notes, video lessons and homework tips throughout the term.

Online Modules

  • Lesson 0: Precalculus review HW 0 (chapter 1 to 3)
  • Lesson 1: Matrix Algebra - HW 1 (7.1, 7.2, 7.3)
  • Lesson 2: First three derivatives HW 2 (4.1, 4.2)
  • Lesson 3: Product, quotient, chain and Marginal Functions HW 3 (4.3, 4.4)
  • Lesson 4: Concavity, one variable optimization HW 4 (pg 284-286, 4.6, 4.7)
  • Lesson 5: Natural Logarithm and e HW 5 (4.8)
  • Lesson 6: Partial derivatives and implicit differentiation HW 6 (5.1, 5.2)
  • Lesson 7: Two variable optimization HW 7 (5.4)
  • Lesson 8: Constrained Optimization and Lagrange method HW 8 (5.5, 5.6, and lecture notes)
  • Lesson 9: Economic Applications reviewed HW 9 (sect 2.2 chapter 4 and 5)

Course Schedule and Assignments

All Assignments and due dates are found on the course website.

In addition, this course uses MyMathLab (online tutorial and homework package) which is part of the homework grade.

Login Code comes with the text book. Additional information on using MyMathLab is found in the course website.

NOTE: There will be VIDEO Modules and LECTURE NOTES posted in the ANNOUNCEMENTS section of MyMathLab. Students are required to familarize themselves with navigating MyMathLab

Course topics

Jacques Text: 8th edition or higher
ModuleDescriptionRelated Textbook reading
0 (on your own)Introduction (Precalculus Review)Chapters 1 - 3
1Matrix Algebra I7.1, 7.2, 7.3
2Power Function, Sum/Difference rules4.1, 4.2
3Product, Quotient rules, Chain Rule,4.4
4Marginal Functions4.3
5Concavity, Curve Sketching, 2nd Derivative4.2
6One Variable Optimization4.6, 4.7
Quiz 1 (see announcement on dates)
7Natural logarithm and e4.8 and Lecture Notes
8Partial Derivatives, implicit differentiation5.1, 5.2
9Two Variable Optimization5.3
Quiz 2 (see announcement for dates)
10Constrained Optimization Part I5.5 and Lecture Notes
11Constrained Optimization Part II5.6 and Lecture Notes
Quizzes 3 and 4

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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.

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Kevin Wainwright, Project Director
April 23, 2021

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Thomas Turniawan, Program Assistant
April 26, 2021

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Denise Calvert, Part Time Studies Coordinator
April 26, 2021

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Steve Yallouz, Program Head
April 26, 2021

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Caroline Depatie, Associate Dean
April 29, 2021

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