Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Applies arithmetic to a variety of problems found in the business field, including simple and compound interest, annuities, payroll preparation, pricing, invoice preparation, trade discounts, taxes, and depreciation. Scientific calculator required. Prerequisites: MTH 20 and (RD 80 or ESOL 250). Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 45157

From the Instructor:

Note: If you have registered for this course and have not logged into Desire2Learn (D2L) and completed the required short assignments by 9:00 A.M. Thursday, September 29, 2016 you may be dropped from the course for non-attendance.

Congratulations on enrolling in MTH 30 Business Mathematics. I can only wish you the best as you learn about useful topics such as simple and compound interest, taxes, financial statements, and more! .

However, learning mathematics over the internet is not easy. This is not meant as discouragement but rather a 'reality check.' You will spend a considerable amount of time reading the online modules and sections of your textbook, and contributing to other course requirements. Ensure your weekly schedule has room for at least four hours for reading and an additional 4 - 8 hours per week working on assigned problems and contributing to the course. Please take this seriously; it does holds true for most online math courses. Often you may significantly enhance your computer and study skills by taking an online course!

To succeed in an online course you need to be an independent, self-motivated learner, be proactive with seeking additional resources when stuck (e.g., tutors, contact the instructor, etc.), have excellent time management skills, and be pretty comfortable with computers and programs.

Consider your level of preparation with the prerequisite material (MTH 20 Basic Math), and the amount of time you have to devote to this course each week. Additionally, if it has been more than one calendar year since you successfully completed a math course, please review the PCC Math Department's Preliminary Placement Guidelines.

Prerequisites: MTH 20 and (RD 80 or ESOL 250).

The course will begin reviewing basic material from MTH 20 (Whole Numbers and Decimals, Fractions, Percents, and Equations and Formulas) with an emphasis on application business problems. New material will include banking services, simple and compound interest, payroll, taxes and insurance, business and consumer loans, annuities, the mathematics of buying and selling, depreciation, financial statements and ratios, and ending with an introduction to business statistics.

A new module will be released about once a week. Each module will consist of a new reading assignment and practice problems from the textbook. MyMathLab provides additional resources for viewing topic-related videos, additional practice, and where your weekly quizzes are completed. You will also contribute weekly to discussion postings to enhance and share your understanding of the topics. Before each exam, an assignment is provided for which your work will be completed using Microsoft Word or Open/Libre Office. Due dates and a schedule will be provided so that you may plan accordingly.

There will be two on-campus exams, one of which must be the final exam. Each exam will be administered at the Rock Creek campus (Room TBA) and are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 - 4:50 p.m. on Monday, October 31 and Wednesday, December 14, 2016. If you live outside the Portland region, contact me during the first week of the term for potential proctoring accommodations.

The required textbook is ''Business Mathematics,' 13th Edition by Clendenen, Salzman, Miller, Prentice Hall 2015 with MyMathLab (MML). It is available at the PCC Bookstores. Note that MyMathLab is a required resource for this course.

There are several options to choose how you want to purchase the textbook with MyMathLab:
1. Purchase a new text that comes with a MyMathLab Access code. (about $200)
2. Purchase a used text and separately purchase access to MyMathLab. (about $250)
3. Only purchase access to MyMathLab where you obtain access to the electronic version of the text. (about $100)

If considering a purchase or lease of the text from other sources outside PCC, please be careful: past students have experienced significant delivery delays or received the incorrect text. Additionally, the text may not come with MML. The textbook is an excellent investment in your education and for future reference.

You need to have access to a computer connected to the internet at least several times per week. Be sure to have the following updated software installed on your computer:
-Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint (A reader is also available) to read the online modules.
-Microsoft Word or Libre Office (a free office suite package) so you may submit worksheets electronically. Other software used for submitting worksheets requires prior approval from the instructor.
-MyMathLab is a required component of this course. Note the link will redirect you to an alternate site from the publisher.
-Familiarity with file management, email and attachments, discussion boards, and the internet.

A calculator is required for this course. The recommended (not required) calculator is the TI-30SX. Most other business or scientific calculators are sufficient for this class. Cell phones are not permitted in the classroom during exams.

As you're considering enrollment in this course to satisfy degree or certificate requirements, know that much of the course content also has applications to personal finance.

Finally, feel free to email me at dreynold@pcc.edu should you have any questions about the course.

-------------------Enter Course Specific Requirements---------------
This course will be using Desire2Learn, our Learning Management Software at PCC, which is used to deliver online courses. Please go to https://my.pcc.edu and click on the Desire2Learn link on the left of your MyPCC homepage after you log in.
Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learners:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learners. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes. To learn more, go to http://www.pcc.edu/osg
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
45157 WEB » - 26-Sep-2016 thru 17-Dec-2016
Instructor: Dennis Reynolds
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Rock Creek