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Business Mathematics

Course Code: FINC 1231
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide an understanding of time value of money and its applications. Relevant mathematical concepts will be used to solve business problems. After a basic review of underlying mathematical and algebraic methodology, the course covers the mathematics of merchandising, linear break-even analysis, simple and compound interest, annuities, amortization, sinking funds, bonds and investment decisions.

Course Content

  1. Pertinent mathematics and algebra review: ratios, proportions, percent, fractions, exponents, problem-solving logic, logarithms and weighted average.
  2. Application of linear functions to a variety of business problems, including percent change, payroll and return on investment, discounts, mark-up, mark-down.
  3. Cost Volume Profit Analysis: linear break-even by quantity, dollar amount, percent of capacity.
  4. Simple interest:  time value of money, equivalent values, promissory notes, T-bills, commercial paper, demand loans.
  5. Compound interest:  present, future and equivalent values, equivalent and effective interest rates, using differing compounding and payment periods, bond valuations.
  6. Annuities:  annuities, loan amortization, mortgages, sinking fund provisions, perpetuities.
  7. Business investment decisions using net present value and internal rate of return.

Methods of Instruction

Material will be presented within an interactive lecture and seminar format.

Means of Assessment

Term Exams (2-4)       40-60%
Final Exam 30-40%
Assignments 5-20%
Participation 0-5%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate mathematical and algebraic skills and use of logic to solve business-related problems;
  2. solve mathematics of merchandising problems, including cash and trade discounts, mark-up and mark-down;
  3. demonstrate competence in solving financial problems involving the calculation of simple and compound interest, annuities, investment and management decisions; and 
  4. solve basic linear problems in two variables and determine break-even positions in business.

course prerequisites

Pre-Calculus 11 (C or higher) or Foundations of Math 11 (C or higher) or MATU 0410  (C or higher) or an approved substitute,

OR currrently active in the PDD in Financial Analysis, PDD International Business Management, PDD Financial Planning, PBD International Supply Chain Management, PBD Accounting and Finance, or PBD Finance.



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.