UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BUSN0004 Introductory Mathematics

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 2Taylors CollegeFace to face
Trimester 3Taylor's CollegeFace to face
Content This unit teaches students fundamental concepts and skills in numeracy and basic mathematics such as coordinate geometry, calculus techniques, ratios and proportions, and the use of graphing calculators and spreadsheets.

Students learn to use data and statistics to solve real world problems. Topics covered include survey methods, data analysis, data presentation and use of time series to analyse trends. The unit provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and present quantitative data.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) calculate and interpret a variety of business ratios including profitability, efficiency and liquidity ratios to form an opinion as to the financial health of the business; (2) solve problems involving simple and compound interest, and use basic interest rates in annuity calculation; (3) use the basic concepts of coordinate geometry, such as length of a line and the linear distance between two points with the basic features of straight line graphs (gradient and intercepts) to solve simple problems in a business context; (4) use appropriate technology to find correlation coefficients between two variables, and the
equation of regression in time series analysis to comment on the reliability and validity of
extrapolated and interpolated values; (5) calculate data analysis measures of central tendency (mean, mode and median) and dispersion (range, IQR, variance and standard deviation) and use appropriate technology to evaluate these measures to fully describe samples and populations; (6) understand the basic principles of statistics including probability, data classification, collection, analysis and representation to build a solid foundation for more advanced topics in Business Statistics; and (7) explain algebra and calculus fundamentals.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class tests; (2) oral presentation; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Nick Letch
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Pre-Masters Program Business
Contact hours 60 hours face to face comprising over 12 weeks 2*1 hour lectures; 2 hour tutorial + 1 hour tutorial

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