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Catch up Business Mathematics

Catch up Business Mathematics

Code: MAT8LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 1
Language: English
Level: Basic studies
Type: Free-choice studies


 The student has completed the diagnostic test during the intensive week in beginning of his/her studies: insufficient result indicates student’s need for this free-choice course.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • knows how to calculate percentage calculations
  • is able to set price to services and products (sales maker)
  • knows how to use proportionality to solve mathematical problems
  • knows how to apply and solve linear equations in business related problems
  • is able to solve equations with powers
  • is able to use scientific calculator efficiently
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

  • Basic arithmetic
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentage calculations
  • Linear equations and functions
  • Equations with powers

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and exercises.

International dimension

Examples and exercises from international businesses.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons and exercises
Independent studies
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Jutta Heikkilä

Course materials

Will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student can manage calculations for at least in one of the following areas: percentage calculations, equations and proportions and identify the key concepts in the given tasks. The student has a good knowledge for at least in the two following areas: percentage calculations, equations and proportions. He/she can produce verbal, symbolic and visual formats for the key concepts, when one format is given. The student manages well all three areas
(percentage calculations, equations and proportions) and understands their role in business applications. He/she is able to define verbally, symbolically and visually all the main concepts and to apply the concepts to broader contexts.
Skills The student has the right attitude to work and to perform in routine applications. The student can to some extent independently choose the right methods for calculating and collecting the needed information. The student can work independently in an initiative, critical and analytical way in order to solve related business problems in a broader context.
Competence Competence is not measured during the course.    

Modes of assessment and their weights

Examination 50%
Assignment 20%
Homework exercises 30%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.