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For anyone interested in acquiring the skills needed to understand and perform common business activities such as payroll, banking, invoicing, and purchasing.  Business owners and managers will find this course particularly beneficial in providing a clear and understandable insight into the basic mathematical skills and processes needed to perform financial tasks required in the workplace.  This course provides a basic foundation for understanding the practical applications of mathematics in common workplace activities. 
One month course, Constance Yates, instructor. 

Also to note - Students will need to buy their own textbook: Schaum's Outline-Basic Business Mathematics, Second edition, Eugene Don, Ph.D, Joel Lerner, Ph.D., ISBN 978-0-07-161158-9. 

 outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1-Practical Business Math Fundamentals
-Whole numbers and basic math functions
- Fractions
- Decimals
- Percentages

Unit 2 – Banking
- Banking Basics
- Simple Interest
- Compound Interest
- Promissory Notes and Mortgages

Unit 3 – Payroll
- Rules and Regulations
- Calculating Gross Pay
- Payroll Deductions
- Pay Day

Unit 4 – Purchasing and Invoicing
- Trade Discounts
- Cash Discounts
- Disbursement Strategies
- Invoicing


Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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Also to note - Students will need to buy their own textbook: Schaum's Outline-Basic Business Mathematics, Second edition, Eugene Don, Ph.D, Joel Lerner, Ph.D., ISBN 978-0-07-161158-9. 

$145 USD
Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Constance YatesConstance Yates serves as facilitator of Business Administration for multiple colleges and universities across the United States. She received an MBA with specialization in Health Care Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion Indiana. Constance adheres to servant leadership approach to learning and ascribes to the belief that all individuals are capable of successful learning outcomes given the appropriate learning environment and support systems. Academic areas of expertise and interest include Human Resource Management, Healthcare consulting, and Six Sigma. Constance resides in the Missouri Ozarks and enjoys fishing the area’s reservoirs in search of the “Big One”. 


What some students say:

"My teacher and classmates were absolutely wonderful! It was a pleasure to work with them." 

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

  • Learn about basic mathematical functions and refresh your skills related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.  
  • Learn about banking basics, notes, mortgages, and simple and compound interest.  Learn how to apply this knowledge in making effective business choices. 
  • Learn about payroll, related laws and regulations, calculating gross and net pay, and how to communicate with employees regarding commonly asked questions about payroll.
  • Learn about purchasing and invoicing strategies that effectively conserve business resources as related to these functions. 
  • Learn about effective methods for controlling the basic financial aspects of a business by applying the concepts of practical math for the workplace.

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • The student will understand basic mathematical functions and how calculations can be easily and quickly made and applied without the aid of a calculator or computer. 
  • The student will understand basic banking functions and important banking basics such as the advantages of compound interest over simple interest.
  • The student will understand laws and regulations associated with payroll and will become familiar with fundamental skills needed to calculate gross and net pay; and the student will be able to communicate payroll concepts and practices to employees.
  • The student will understand trade discounts, cash discounts, invoicing, and effective strategies for taking advantage of opportunities associated with these business functions.
  • The student will understand how to apply practical business math to everyday situations in business to maximize the utilization of available resources.
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