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Mathematics for Business

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COURSE DETAILS:

Lecturer: Dr. Ho, Diep, PhD [email protected] (Tel. 0946 317 379, Room A1.305)

Should the students wish to meet the staff outside the consultation hours, they are advised to make appointment in advance. 

Course Aims:
Maths 4 business
The course will provide students with an understanding of fundamental mathematical techniques and methods to business context and management decision making. More specifically, the course will introduce the basic theory and concepts of Calculus, Linear Algebra and Optimization, with applications to management, economics, finance. Included topics are Mathematical Functions, Vectors and Matrices, Differentiation and Integration, Linear Programming.
 
The course is useful for all BA students.




 

Prerequisite course: 


Units of Credit:
This course is worth 3 credits. 

Teaching times and Locations:


Academic Integrity:
Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at HCMIU. A student’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Attendance:
Regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars is expected in this course. University regulations indicate that if students attend less than eighty per cent of scheduled classes they may be refused final assessment. Exemptions may only be made on medical grounds. 

While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the student's class participation grade. Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Homework:
Homework and other assignments are expected to be completed on time. Late Assignments will not be accepted unless due to documented serious illness or family emergency.

All electronic devices must be turned off prior to the start of each class meeting.

Laptops, tablets, ipad, cell phones, smartphones and other electronic devices are a disturbance to both students and the lecturers.

Calculator:
You need a calculator for this class. A scientific calculator is good enough; you do not need to buy a financial one. As a rule, you will use spreadsheets for homework assignments, and the calculator for the simple examples in class, and, most importantly, for the exams. It is a very bad idea to wait for the last week before buying a calculator.

Study Groups:
It is highly encourage that you regularly review the readings and class notes in a study group. Don’t wait until exam week to set up such a study group. By then it’s too late. You are encouraged to work on the problem sets with your study group, but you must hand in your own answers for individual tasks.

Attendance:
Regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars is expected in this course. University regulations indicate that if students attend less than eighty per cent of scheduled classes they may be refused final assessment. Exemptions may only be made on medical grounds. 

While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the student's class participation grade. Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Assessment Details:
The final grade is computed as follows:
Attendance                                 10%
Mid-Term Exam (One Hour)    30%
Quiz / Assignment                   20%
Final Exam (Two Hours)             40%
Total                                    100%

In addition, since I wish to emphasize practical skills, students shall complete an assignment that use actual data--and to reflect how most companies conduct business, students shall form groups to handle these assignments.  Groups shall comprise three to five students – no less, no more.  In addition, all group members shall score their team mates on how well they have contributed to the assignment (see "Peer Group Participation Form.doc" in the file cabinet section).

Class participation is important and will be explicitly rewarded (5% of the total grade). Effectively, the class participation grade may change a grade near a cutoff.  While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the class participation grade.  Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Textbook: 
  1. Ian Jacques, Mathematics for Economics and Business, 8th edition,  Prentice Hall, 2015.
Reference:
  1. Haeussler, Paul, Wood, Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics, and the Life and Social Sciences, 13th Edition, Pearson, 2011.

  1. Course outline: