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Course ID: GBS131
Title: Business Calculations
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 12751

Term: Summer I 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Media and Technology

Computer with minimum specifications:

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Business Mathematics Package
Author: Miller
ISBN: 9781256611110

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Note: The textbook must be purchased through the Rio Salado bookstore, where it is bundled with the MathXL access code. The MathXL access code is required to take this course.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Review of basic arithmetic and application of mathematics to business problems, includes percentage, interest, discount, and markups.
Official Course Prerequisites
Prerequisites: None.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in common arithmetic operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  2. Reconcile bank statements from both individual and business accounts.
  3. Compute appropriate cash and trade discounts and agent commissions, based on a sales or purchase invoice.
  4. Calculate sales commissions using various commission payment options.
  5. Compare simple and compound interest rates on consumer and business loans.
  6. Calculate interest, due date, and proceeds on promissory notes, including discounted notes.
  7. Calculate depreciation rates for selected items, and compare the advantages of available depreciation methods.
  8. Calculate appropriate financial ratios from an income statement and a balance sheet.

Course Requirements

Failure to successfully submit the first two assignments by the due dates listed may result in the student being withdrawn from the course for lack of active participation.

  1. You must complete all course assessments listed in your online gradebook to be eligible for a passing grade. Check the link on the Course Homepage for due dates.
  2. You are allowed to submit your assignments, including quizzes, only one time unless you have permission from your instructor to resubmit an assignment.
  3. You are expected to write at a college level. Use the grading matrix (if applicable) to see how your assignments will be evaluated. Edit your work carefully before submitting it to your instructor.
  4. Keep a copy of all assignments that you submit.
  5. Contact your instructor if you have any questions while you are enrolled in the course.
  6. Assignments must be submitted by the specified due date. If you find that you need an extension on an assignment, contact your instructor before the scheduled due date. Individual instructors will determine whether or not to grant the extension. If you do not apply for an extension, or an extension is not granted, your instructor will decide whether or not to accept the work and if points will be deducted.
  7. Each student must submit his or her own original work, as outlined in the plagiarism section in the syllabus. Plagiarism can include, but is not limited to:
    • submitting work that is not your own
    • submitting work that is copied directly from another source such as another student, a Web site, or a print source without proper citation
    • submitting work that is paraphrased or summarized from another source without proper citation.
  8. Assignments must include information summarized in your own words and personal examples in addition to quoted information from properly cited sources.
  9. You must earn an average of 60% or higher on the exam(s) and/or Midterm/Final Project(s) in order to be eligible to pass the course.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

There are 820 possible points for this course.
12 Chapter Tests = 600 Points
Pretest = Not Graded
Syllabus Acknowledgement = 20 Points
Exams = 200 Points
Total = 820

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

738 - 820 points = A (90% - 100%)
656 - 737 points = B (80% - 89%)
574 - 655 points = C (70% - 79%)
492 - 573 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 491 points = F (0% - 59%)

Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no “point adjustments” made for such things as “class participation” or other subjective factors.

There is no “Extra Credit” available for this course.


There are two required exams for this course: an at-home midterm and an at-home final exam. Both exams will be completed on your own computer and will be submitted online. Your course materials (lessons) will provide more specific information about the content and type of exams that you should expect.

  1. You must complete all exams by the dates that are specified on the course calendar. If you are not able to take your exam by the due date, you must request an extension from your instructor. Instructors are not required to grant extensions.
  2. You may take your final exam early if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule.
  3. The midterm and final exams are timed. Do not click on the exam links until you are ready to begin and complete the exams. This is very important.
  4. The exams will ask for a password. Follow the directions in your lessons to access the password.
  5. You are only allowed to access your exams once. If you access the exam, close it, and then attempt to access it again, you will be denied access and you will not be able to complete the exam. This is very important: Do not access the exam until you are ready to complete it within the time allowed and submit it to your instructor.
Check your gradebook for specific due dates for your exam(s).

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including any exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. If interested, See detailed information about the (P/Z) option.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

Your lessons will provide specific instructions for submitting your assignments.  Please read that information carefully before you submit your work to your instructor.

All assignments are listed under the “Readings, Resources, and Assignments” and in the “Assessing Your Learning” sections of the lesson.  All lessons can be accessed from the Course Section Home Page.

Quizzes: You are expected to complete the quiz once you access the link in the lesson.

Essay Assignments: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link.

Midterm or Final Exams/Projects: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link unless your exam has a time limitation noted in the lesson.

For all assignments, please make sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Once submitted, you will not be able to access the assessment again.

Note: Please keep a copy of everything your submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change on the Due Dates tab in Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion. Instructors are not obligated to approve extension requests and will typically do so only if the student has been submitting work on time and in the appropriate format.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request for an extension.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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