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OPMT 1110

Business Mathematics

School School of Business + Media
Course Credits 4
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 09, 2021
End Date November 04, 2021
Total Hours 48
Total Weeks 8
Hours/Weeks 6
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 46250

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Instructor Details

Name Andrew Parkinson
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location N/A
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



Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Exam 1 Ch 1 and 220
Exam 2 Ch 3 and 420
Exam 3 Ch 520
Final Exam (Ch 1 to 6 inclusive)40

Course Schedule and Assignments


Week of

Outcome/Material Covered



Thursday, Sep 09

Introduction BEDMAS

Ratios and proportions, Ratios with More than Two Quantities

Retail Calculations, Margins and Mark-up

Chapter 1


Monday, Sep 13

Currency and Unit conversions Trade discounts,

Cash discounts, Chained Discounts, Payment Terms

Linear Functions, Equation of a line, Cost equations

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


Thursday, Sep 16

Functions and Applications, Linear Functions, Cost Functions

Equations and Functions, System of Equations

Profit Volume Analysis, Break-even analysis

Chapter 2


Monday, Sep 20

Simple Interest: Exact Time, Calculating the Amount of Interest,
Calculating Principal, Rate and Time, Future value, Present value Review for Test 1 – Chapters 1 and 2

Chapters 1-2

Chapter 3


Thursday, Sep 23

Test #1: Chapters 1 and 2 (worth 20%)

Simple Interest (continued): Calculating Present Value,

Time value of money, Time diagrams, Equations of value

Chapter 3


Monday, Sep 27

Compound Interest: Nominal and Periodic Rate,

Compound Interest Formula, Present Value Calculations, Comparison with Simple Interest, Equations of value,
Calculator problems

Chapter 4


Thursday, Sep 30

Equivalent and Effective Rates, Nominal and Effective Interest: Equivalent Rates, Fractional Period, Average Rates

Calculating Present and Future values,

Chapter 4


Monday, Oct 04

Payment size, Interest rates and Time length

Review for test 2 – Chapter 3 and 4

Chapters 3-4


Thursday, Oct 07

Test #2: Chapters 3 and 4 (worth 20%)
Annuities and Annuities due, Effective rates,

Chapters 3-4
Chapter 5


Thursday, Oct 14

General annuities, Deferred annuities and Back-to-back annuities

Chapter 5


Monday, Oct 18

Bonds, Perpetuities, Scholarships, Share prices and Dividends

Mortgages, Amortization tables, Effects of Lifetime Differences, Cost Comparisons

Chapter 5


Thursday, Oct 21

Investment Decisions, Net present value, internal rate of return, payback Review for Test 3 - Chapter 5

Chapter 5


Monday, Oct 25

Test #3: Chapter 5 (worth 20%)
Chapter 6 Investment Decisions,

Chapter 5


Thursday, Oct 28

Choosing the best investment, Net Present Value,

Internal Rate of Return Review for Final Exam Ch 1, 2, 3,4

Chapter 6


Monday, Nov 01

Review for Final Exam Ch 5, 6

Chapters 1-6


Thursday, Nov 04

Final Exam Chapters 1,2,3,4,5, 6 (worth 40%)

Chapters 1-6

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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.

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Andrew Parkinson, Instructor
June 18, 2021

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Amy Goldlist, Program Head
June 21, 2021

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Ron Wlock, Program Head
June 22, 2021

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Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
June 23, 2021

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