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ACC 829 - Preparatory Mathematics C31

Academic Credit Value:
Course Delivery Mode:
Online Self-Study (OSS)
Hours of Study:
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Helen Montoux
Course Dates:
01/15/2020 - 04/15/2020

Required Course Materials:
ACC 829 PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS MCMASTER, Author: OLEARY, Copyright: 2018, Edition: 1, Publisher: PEARSON EDUCATION CANADA. With MyMathLab
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits.  

This course is intended to provide students with a thorough review and strong understanding of the fundamental mathematical concepts, theories and their application, as needed for various CCE diploma and certificate programs. Students will review and become proficient with the basic mathematical principles and skills commonly found in a business environment and reinforced in numerous courses at CCE.  The application of these concepts and skills to business, economics and statistics is emphasized throughout the course.  

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

1)         Develop competencies in performing basic mathematical computations
2)         Understand the relationship between number systems and fractions then review and practice the use of fractions, ratios, proportion and percents.
3)         Understand basic algebraic concepts and apply that knowledge to solving algebraic equations and translating word problems into algebraic equations.
4)         Develop an understanding of graphing, including concepts such as slope, intercept and coefficients and learn how to graph a linear equation.
5)         Develop an understanding of probability and statistics.  Understand basic definitions used in statistics, including various types of data as well as measures of central tendencies and data distributions including standard deviation. Use graphical representations including pie graphs, bar graphs and histograms and understand their relationship to normal distributions and standard deviations.
6)         Learn the mathematical tools and terminology used in business and management, including trade and cash discounts, mark-ups and mark-downs, cost/volume/profit analysis, break-even calculations in units and dollars, break-even charts and analysis
7)         Understand the mathematics of finance and investments, using simple and compound interest, net present and future values of annuities. Compute nominal rates of interest, effective and equivalent rates of interest.
8)         Apply the knowledge of mathematics to solve business and investment decisions.

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Unit Quizzes (5)        70%
Final Quiz                  30%
Total                          100%

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Mathematics and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include required readings, chapter exercises, instructor presentations, u-tube videos and self-assessment quizzes.
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  NOTE:  This policy applies to assignments and other hand in type coursework only.  This policy does not apply to discussion board topics/postings which do not allow for late postings/contributions. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.  Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy.  Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.  

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application of the policy)

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.

2. Improper collaboration in group work.

3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:
Students who require academic accommodation should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Staff at SAS will evaluate your learning needs and, if required, will provide a letter for the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor and Program Manager of any accommodation requirements at the start of the course.  For more information, contact SAS at ext. 28652 or visit
On-line Elements:

In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn and external web sties. Material for this course may be accessed through McMaster’s learning system, Avenue to Learn. Your instructor will notify you if, or when, you will be required to log in and use the tools and materials available through this on-line system. To access Avenue to Learn go to: You will be required to enter your MAC ID (login and password). To activate your MAC ID, contact University Technology Services.

Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure, please discuss this with the course instructor.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies ( 
Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
Grading Scale:
 Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:


Units & Modules


Review of Arithmetic and Ratio, Proportion and Percentages

Module 1: Review of Arithmetic

Module 2: Ratio, Proportion and Percentages


Review of Algebra and Linear Systems

Module 1: Review of Algebra
Module 2: Linear Systems, Graphs and Slopes


Introduction to Statistics

Module 1: Introduction to Statistics


Business and Management Mathematics

Module 1: Business and Management Mathematics


Mathematics of Finance and Investment
Module 1: Mathematics of Finance and Investment

Refer to Detailed Course Schedule under Evaluations for full details.