Syllabus for BUS-210



Quantitative Skills for Business applies a reasoning and analytic approach to the theories, tools, and models associated with numerical decision making. Applying an application-driven modality for learning, the course presents empirically-oriented, data-driven scenarios. Scrutinizing these cases assists students in honing both their professional and consumer decision-making skill sets. Topics include formulating and presenting management information, statistical analysis, quality control and quality management, decision making under uncertainty, project management, and financial decision making.

This course is also designed to measure your competency in quantitative reasoning/literacy, one of the institutional learning outcomes.

Advisory: Before enrolling in Quantitative Skills for Business, students should have successfully completed at least one college-level mathematics course such as MAT-105 Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics or MAT-121 College Algebra, or their equivalents.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1           Explain the value of mathematical reasoning and analysis for maximizing both managerial and personal resources.

CO2           Compare the merits and limitations of commonly used quantitative techniques.

CO3           Evaluate a business situation to identify a quantifiable problem, distinguish relative issues, and develop an action plan for a solution.  

CO4           Employ quantitative analyses that support sound decision making.

CO5           Articulate quantitative results in written and graphic formats.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

Articles and Readings

Throughout the course there are required supplemental readings relative to the topics under study. These resources can be found directly within the modules. All reading assignments should be completed prior to attempting module activities.


Beyond a word processor, this course requires a current (not latest) version of Microsoft Excel. Excel is necessary for mathematical manipulation as well as the production of charts and graphs.


Quantitative Skills for Business is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to self-practice and review drill and practice exercises, participate in online discussion forums, complete module projects, and take three proctored examinations. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Drill and Practice

To master the necessary mathematics of the quantitative analyses in this module, you must initially command the basic calculation methods and steps, as well as the procedures that produce correct results. Therefore, before attempting any of the module assignments, do not skip or neglect the drill and practice exercises found within each chapter of the textbook. The book provides pink-highlighted Progress Checks whenever there is a need to practice a mathematical technique. 

There is no submission or grade associated with drill and practice activities. However, many of the exam questions are closely related to or based on these Progress Check exercises and Worked Example scenarios. You may self-check your work using the solutions at the end of the textbook.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in nine graded discussion forums. There is also one ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. The purpose of the discussion forums is to help make the connection between the course concepts and the goals of the course. Your initial posting should be 200 to 300 words. Before posting, revise your composition to ensure that it is written in the objective third person and is free of grammar and structure errors. As this activity is a dialog exercise, engage peers by responding in a way that professionally supports or challenges the discourse. Once past the due date of the forum, your contributions are welcome yet they do not make their way into the grading process.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Module Projects

You are required to complete six module projects. The module projects are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Some of them are based on real data or case scenarios that require you to use Excel to create charts and graphs for data analysis and interpretation.  


For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exams, refer to the study guides available in the Examinations section of the course website.

You are required to take three proctored online examinations. All exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Three equally-weighted examinations are scheduled at the end of Modules 2, 4, and 6. Each exam consists of multiple-choice questions and short-answer problems. Before taking an exam, review all relevant Drill and Practice exercises. In addition, the textbook provides a detailed Worked Example for each chapter. The Worked Example brings together the mathematical and analytical concepts of the learning unit. Reviewing the example allows you to understand the concepts learned within a cohesive business context.

Examination 1

The proctored Examination 1 consists of multiple-choice questions and short-answer problems and covers all material assigned in Modules 1 and 2. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Examination 2

The proctored Examination 2 consists of multiple-choice questions and short-answer problems and covers all material assigned in Modules 3 and 4. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Examination 3

The proctored Examination 3 consists of multiple-choice questions and short-answer problems and covers all material assigned in Modules 5 and 6. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Note: You are permitted to use a calculator (scientific, graphing, or financial) but may not use a calculator on a phone, PDA, or any similar device. You are also permitted to use scratch paper.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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