Mathematics for Business I

Development of algebraic skills. An introduction to linear equations and matrices, including graphical linear programming. Graphs. An introduction to calculus. Use of spreadsheets and/or other mathematical software.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.


Course planning information

Expected prior learning

Recommended background: 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics or passed 247.002 or 160.104 or 124.103 or equivalent. Students without the recommended background should contact the course co-ordinator for further advice.


Choose just one
160103, 160105, 160132. A student who has passed 160101, 160111, 160112 or 160133 may not be also credited with a pass in 160103 or 160131 that is obtained in either the same or a subsequent examination period.

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Show confidence in handling mathematical problems and to have an awareness of the use of mathematics in formulating real world applications.
  • 2 Demonstrate proficiency in some of the fundamental concepts, language and techniques of algebra, matrices and calculus which are likely to be encountered in applications to business, finance and economics.
  • 3 Use spreadsheets and be familiar with their power to perform extensive mathematical calculations, to solve problems and to provide graphical representation of data.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 25%
Test 1 2 3 25%
Test 1 2 3 25%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 25%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.