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Course Outlines

OPMT 1110

Business Mathematics

School School of Business + Media
Course Credits 4
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date December 07, 2021
Total Hours 48
Total Weeks 7
Hours/Weeks 6.86
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites Algebraic skills to at least the Grade 11 level with a minimum 68% final mark. Students who do not have these skills should consider taking OPMT 0199 Math for Business or OPMT 0198 Business Math Assessment Test. Alternatively, students can take OPMT1199 Business Math and Algebra which includes review of algebra and tutorials. This course is designed to support understanding and development of basic skills and is equivalent to OPMT1110 and OPMT0199 combined.
CRN 34885

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Instructor Details

Name Myra Andrews
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SE6 358
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Reviews basic mathematics applicable to business and industry. Topics include consumer and commercial credit, simple and compound interest, financial instruments and discounting, annuities, mortgages, loans, sinking funds, leases, depreciation methods, capitalized costs, cash flow analysis, NPV and IRR. Emphasis is on maximum use of pre-programmed calculator and practical applications from the field of Financial Management.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the problem (e.g., to choose the most economical equipment).
  • Formulate the problem elements into mathematical relationships and models.
  • Use appropriate technology to assist in problem solving.
  • Manipulate the relationship and models to provide a solution to the problem.
  • Approximate the solution.
  • Validate the solution.
  • Apply concepts of proportion and percent to business areas such as markup, discounts, budget allocation.
  • Utilize standard functions and graphical techniques to analyze relationships between quantities such as cost, revenue, production volume and profit.
  • Apply the concept of the time value of money.
  • Calculate interest, present and future values using simple interest.
  • Calculate interest, present and future values using compound interest.
  • Analyze interest rates by finding equivalent and effective rates.
  • Calculate payments, present and future values for annuities in budgeting and asset evaluation and for mortgages.
  • Calculate and compare interest on various forms of debt or investments.
  • Create and use amortization tables for various debt instruments.
  • Evaluate investment decisions using methods of payback and discounted cash flow such as net present value and internal rate of return.

Learning Resources


  • The course will be taught using the Texas Instrument BA II Plus business calculator.
  • Optional free online textbook: link will be provided or see pdf file on D2L

HANDOUTS: Posted on D2L (The Learning Hub)

Evaluation Criteria






3 tests worth 15% each

Final Exam


covers the entire course



Course Schedule and Assignments

Business Math Schedule Fall 2021



Sept 7

Lecture 1: Ratios and proportions, allocation

Lecture 2: Markup, margin, markdown

Sept 14

Lecture 3: Trade discounts

Lecture 4: Cash discounts, double conversions

Sept 21

Lecture 5: Finding the equation of a line, cost equations, breakeven analysis

Lecture 6: Cost comparisons

Sept 28

Lecture 7: Simple interest

Lecture 8: Compound Interest- finding PV, FV, time and interest rate

Oct 5

Test 1: Lectures 1 to 6 (worth 15%)

Lecture 9: Compound interest – equations of value

Oct 12

Lecture 10: Equations of Value Part 2 -choosing the best option

Lecture 11: Equivalent and effective rates, finding the average rate

Oct 19

Lecture 12: Simple annuities

Lecture 13: Annuities due, effective rates, general annuities, 5 keys, bonds, car leases

Oct 26

Test 2: Lectures 9 to 11 (worth 15%)

Lecture 14: Deferred annuities and back-to-back annuities

Nov 2

Finish, deferred annuities and back-to-back annuities

Lecture 15: General and deferred perpetuities, calculating share price (dividends)

Nov 9

Lecture 16: Amortization tables

Lecture 17: Mortgages, 32% rule, size of final payment, bi-weekly payments

Nov 16

Test 3: Lectures 12 to 15 (worth 15%)

Lecture 18: Investment decisions, NPV, IRR, payback

Nov 23

Lecture 19: Investment decisions-best investment, summary

Nov 30

Review for Final Exam

Dec 7

Final Exam: Lectures 1 to 19 (worth 40%)

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.

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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.

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.
Myra Andrews, Instructor
July 20, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Sam Choo, Program Head
July 20, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
July 20, 2021

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