Course Syllabus

Business Math
BCT128 (previously known as CEC114)

5 Credits



Contact Information



Diana L. Oltman

Office Location:

1300 Fifth Street, Sexton Hall 6026H, Wenatchee, WA  98801


Monday – Thursday ~ Virtual or by Appointment





Live Messenger:




Computer Lab:

1300 Fifth Street, Sexton Hall 6024, Wenatchee, WA  98801

Instructor Website:



Course Description


This Online course develops a strong business math foundation. Students learn and apply the following skills to a variety of business-related tasks: computation, fractions, decimals, percentages, bank transactions, trade/cash discounts, markup and markdowns, business statistics, payroll calculations, interest, notes and present value calculations.

Prerequisites: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 46+ or completion and passing of Math 97.

Basic Computer Skills, Read the Online Readiness and Technical Skills Requirements


Course Information and Required Materials


Required Textbook:



Jeffrey Slater

Practical Business Math Procedures with Business Math Handbook, WSJ, DVD V2, 10th Edition


Required Software:

Course Material:

Jump Drive memory device

Personal Computer

Internet Connection

Headset with microphone or speakers

Pencil, paper, eraser, and calculator

Course Data Files:

Publisher Website:


Course Website:



Course Topics           


·         Creating mental math.

·         Use estimation to compute fractions.

·         Change decimals to fractions and vice versa.

·         Estimate using integers and equations.

·         Solve word problems.

·         Solve word problems involving percents.

·         Find percents of increase and decrease.

·         Business statistics

·         Create a bar graph, line graph, or circle graph.

·         Calculate payroll deductions.

·         Prepare an amortization schedule.

·         Calculate future values.

·         Interpret daily bond tables


Course Outcomes


Learner Outcomes

Assessment Strategies 

A. Demonstrate an understanding of basic business mathematics terminology, learn how business applications are used, and become familiar with the history of the business problem solving applications.

The student will complete vocabulary assignments. Students will study and identify problems in real-life applications.

B. Demonstrate an understanding of lists, charts, tables, graphs, and diagrams; learn to use a scientific calculator, and learn about creating estimation operations.

The student will complete end of chapter assessment of application questions. Students will complete end of chapter assigned student activities. Students will create mathematical solutions from essay questions.

C. Demonstrate an understanding of creating graphs for performing a tendency or variable process and the use of various tools to do basic and advanced business connections.

The student will apply to include (but not limited to) calculated response for business communication practice tests.  Student will use mental math to apply critical thinking.

D. Demonstrate an understanding of how to maintain a payroll register by adding, changing, and deleting records. Demonstrate understanding of searching for records and filtering records.

The student will create at least one each: add a record, delete a record, filter a record, change the structure of a payroll deduction, change the deductions and net pay, and create  cost estimates.

E. Develop banking skills.

The student will demonstrate ability to estimate interest on checking accounts, calculate compound interest values, by creating solutions to chapter practice tests.

F. Develop and demonstrate proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation as applied in successful business mathematics.

The student will create documents in business mathematics that include proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

G. Demonstrate an understanding of creating reports and forms, printing reports, adding totals and subtotals to a report using calculator as a tool.

The student will create solution using applicable equation for each situation, independently using a calculator and mental math to solve application problems which meets course criteria. The student will create a report on a client.


Course Rationale


Students need to have effective financial skills for both their personal and professional lives.  This course, Business Math, is intended for a student to complete in one academic quarter.  Business Math is taught as the primary component.  No experience with a computer is assumed. The outcomes of this course are consistent with Wenatchee Valley College’s mission and the Program’s mission, “provide students with technical skills, business knowledge, and personal and professional development skills valued by employers and essential in today’s workplace”.



Schedule for Reading and Assignments


*Tentative Schedule




Week 1

Chapter 1

Pages 1 – 20

LU 1-1a (p.8)

LU 1-2a (p.12)

LU 1-3a (p.18)

EOC      (p.21-27) Odd ONLY (1-75)

Chapter 2

Pages 32 – 52

LU 2-1a (p.39)

LU 2-2a (p.46)

LU 2-3a (p.50)

EOC      (p.53-39) Odd ONLY (1-67)








Week 2

Chapter 3

Pages 64 – 78

LU 3-1a (p.70)

LU 3-2a (p.76)

EOC      (p.79-82) Odd ONLY (1-75)

Chapter 4

Pages 88 – 101

LU 4-1a (p.93)

LU 4-2a (p.100)

EOC      (p.103-107) Odd Only (1-11)








Week 3

Chapter 5

Pages 112-127

LU 5-1a (p.120)

LU 5-2a (p.125)

EOC      (p.129-132 Odd ONLY (1-39)

Chapter 6

Pages 136-156

LU 6-1a (p.143)

LU 6-2a (p.154)

EOC      (p.157-164) Odd ONLY (1-95)








Week 4

Chapter 7

Pages 170 – 190

LU 7-1a (p.179)

LU 7-2a (p.188)

EOC      (p.193-197) Odd ONLY (1-47)

Test Chapters 1-7








Week 5

Chapter 8

Pages 203 – 222

LU 8-1a (p.210)

LU 8-2a (p.215/216)

LU 8-3a (p.218/219)

LU 8-4a (p.220)

EOC      (p.223-228) Odd ONLY (1-41)

Chapter 9

Pages 235 – 247

LU 9-1a (p.240)

LU 9-2a (p.245)

EOC      (p.249-259) Odd ONLY (1-29)








Week 6

Chapter 10

Pages 258 – 267

LU 10-1a (p.262)

LU 10-2a (p.264)

LU 10-3a (p.265)

EOC        (p.269-274) Odd ONLY (1-35)

Chapter 11

Pages 278 – 286

LU 11-1a (p.282)

LU 11-2a (p.285)

EOC        (p.287-289) Odd ONLY (1-17)

Chapter 12

Pages 295 – 308

LU 12-1a (p.303)

LU 12-2a (p.307)

EOC        (p.309-312) Odd ONLY (1-29)








Week 7

Chapter 13

Pages 317 – 329

LU 13-1a (p.323)

LU 13-2a (p.326)

LU 13-3a (p.328)

EOC        (p.331-334) Odd ONLY (1-29)

Chapter 14

Pages 341 – 355

LU 14-1a (p.347)

LU 14-2a (p.350)

LU 14-3a (p.353)

EOC        (p.3357-360) Odd ONLY (1-19)

Personal Finance Page 363

Test ~ Chapters 8-14








Week 8

Chapter 15

Pages 365 – 373

LU 15-1a (p.370)

LU 15-2a (p.372)

EOC        (p.375-377) Odd ONLY (1-15)

Chapter 16

Pages 382 – 398

LU 16-1a (p.389)

LU 16-2a (p.394)

LU 16-3a (p.396)

EOC        (p.399-404) Odd ONLY (1-19)








Week 9

Chapter 17

Pages 412 – 421

LU 17-1a (p.415)

LU 17-2a (p.417)

LU 17-3a (p.418)

LU 17-4a (p.420)

EOC        (p.423-425) Odd ONLY (1-25)

Chapter 18

Pages 429 – 444

LU 18-1a (p.436)

LU 18-2a (p.441/442)

EOC        (p.445-448) Odd ONLY (1-27)

Chapter 19

Pages 453 – 459

LU 19-1a (p.456)

LU 19-2a (p.458)

EOC        (p.461-462) Odd ONLY (1-25)

Personal Finance Page 464








Week 10

Chapter 20

Pages 466 – 482

LU 20-1a (p.472)

LU 20-2a (p.475)

LU 20-3a (p.480)

EOC        (p.483-486) Odd ONLY (1-27)

Chapter 21

Pages 490 – 500

LU 21-1a (p.495)

LU 21-2a (p.497)

LU 21-3a (p.499)

EOC        (p.501-504) Odd ONLY (1-29)

Chapter 22

Pages 510 – 524

LU 22-1a (p.514)

LU 22-2a (p.519)

LU 22-3a (p.522)

EOC        (p.527-529) Odd ONLY (1-21)

Week 11

Test ~ Chapters 15-22


*Coursework may be turned in as a paper/pencil document.  Can be submitted as a scanned document for Online students.

Early Submissions will be accepted, Late submissions result in a reduced grade.


Assignments / Graded Activities


I believe that you must practice the new tools and technologies you will be learning in this class so there will be a number of assignments designed to give you hands-on experience using them.  Following is a brief summary of the assignments and other graded activities you will be completing during the quarter.


There will be 79 assignments, each worth 10 points.  Although the assignments comprise 50% of your final grade, a student can receive a final grade no greater than a D if more than three assignments are not handed in. Assignments receiving less than a 50% score are considered not turned in.


There will be 3 tests, each worth 100 points.  The tests will consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, and Problem Solving.  All tests must have a passing score of 80% or greater. Scores lower than 80% will not be graded. All test(s) will be completed and submitted in Angel.


All the assignments, and tests will be graded based on the expectations given, but additionally the content, organization, style, grammar; spelling, punctuation and language mechanics will be evaluated and included in the grading process.


All the assignments, tests, and final project will have clearly marked due dates and must be turned in on time unless other arrangements have been made in advance with me.  Late submissions will result in a reduction in the grade.




Grades can be viewed on the Course Home page in your Angel online course.  It is your responsibility to check grades throughout the quarter and report grade discrepancies to your instructor.  Keep all graded assignments until you receive your course final grade on your WVC unofficial transcript.



Grade Categories



Grade Percentage

Letter Grade




95-100 %


Tests (3)



90-94 %



86-89 %



83-85 %





80-82 %





76-79 %





73-75 %





70-72 %


Note: All test sections must be passed with a minimum of 80% to pass.


I expect students to communicate in a timely manner with me if they have unexpected circumstances that prevent them from participating in the class and submitting assignments.


An Incomplete (“I”) is an option that can be considered if the students has communicated with the Instructor, is passing the course, has completed a significant portion (60%) of the course, and intends to make up the missing work. If this is the case and you need an “I”, a contract will be drawn up identifying the work to be completed and the date by which the work is to be completed.  The maximum length of a contract is two quarters, excluding summer, as stated in Records and Grades for Wenatchee Valley College. An “I” grade is changed to an “F” if the terms of the contract are not met within the time specified.


The last day to withdraw or change to Audit status is stated on the Wenatchee Valley College Academic Calendar.  If you stop submitting assignments without contacting me you risk getting an “F” in the class.  Please process an official withdrawal if you can’t complete the course.  You can withdraw through Web Registration on the Student Kiosk.  You can also download a Drop/Add Form to bring in to the admissions/registration office.


Communication Methods


Communication is an essential part of learning and is especially important in an online class.  Here are the communications methods used for our courses.


·         Email – I check my email frequently and will respond to your messages within 24 hours, Monday – Thursday.

·         Elluminate – We may conduct sessions with Elluminate, a free web-conferencing tool.  If sessions are held and you are unable to attend, they will be recorded and a link will be provided for you on the Course Website.

·         Windows Live Messenger – This is the Instant Messaging(IM) software that we are currently using.

·         Discussion Forums – A “Q&A” Discussion Forum is open in your course.  You may ask questions of the Instructor or of your peers.  Please subscribe to the feed if you would like to be informed of new posts.


Instructor Expectations


Online courses require students to be more responsible for their learning than traditional courses.  I commit myself to providing clear instruction and high quality resources for you, but how much you learn will depend on the amount of time you spend on the class.


Plan to spend approximately three hours times the number of credits for this course, per week on the course assignments. For instance: 3 hours X 3 credits = 9 hours per week.


I am available for “virtual office hours” using the phone number listed in my contact information. If you'd like to get answers to questions, discuss coding problems, or get help with an assignment, you can schedule a time to call me on the phone. This has worked extremely well with former students and I enjoy talking with students in real time.


·         I expect you to check your course in Angel and check your email at least 5 days per week so I can be sure you are aware of any announcements or changes I have made to the schedule.

·         I expect you to contact me by email and/or voicemail if you’re having problems with the course or encounter an emergency that interferes with your course work.

·         I expect you to complete the reading and course activities on time.

·         I expect you to submit your assignments, tests, and final project in the proper format. 

·         I expect you to use the Web and its resources in an ethical way.  Please don’t steal/borrow content from other web sites (images, photos, text, etc.) and make sure you get written permission if you do include someone else’s content in your work.

·         I expect you to follow the Acceptable Use Policy in all communications.

·         If you copy another student’s work, you will receive a 0 for the assignment and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs.

·         I expect that you are able to complete the following technical skills to be successful in your coursework.

1.      The ability to use email with attachments

2.      The ability to save files in commonly used word processing program formats

3.      The ability to copy and paste

4.      The ability to work on two browser windows simultaneously



Any student with a documented disability (i.e., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations is requested to contact Disability Services.   Your contact will be Carla Boyd, Special Populations Coordinator, Wenatchi Hall, Room 2133.  You can also call 509.682.6854 or TDD/TTY 509.682.6853.