Administration (ADMN) 100

Introductory Quantitative Skills for Business (Revision 3)

ADMN 232

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study** (check locations) - both options with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. This course is recommended as an entry level university course designed to develop business math skills to prepare students planning to pursue a business program.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


Students planning to study Accounting, Management Science, Finance, Economics, and Marketing will need a solid background of mathematical skills in order to understand, analyze, and solve the types of problems they will encounter in these subject areas. ADMN 100 has been designed to build the quantitative skills that will foster post-secondary success in the online learning environment in all key business areas. It will especially appeal to students who want to upgrade their quantitative skills to the level required to enter a typical degree program in business or economics. In addition to a review of basic arithmetic, statistics, and algebra, students will become familiar with the mathematics of business, management, marketing, finance, and investment. The course concludes with an introduction to the basics of accounting. We anticipate that, as a result of first working through ADMN 100, more students will successfully complete business related degrees in a variety of specializations including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Economics offered at Athabasca University and at post-secondary institutions anywhere in the world.


Each lesson consists of a lesson overview followed by a series of sections, each of which consists of key objectives, required reading(s), and assigned online and written exercises. You will complete each lesson by taking an online Quiz that is worth 10% of your final course grade.

ADMN 100 comprises the following ten lessons.

  • Lesson 1: Review and Applications of Arithmetic and Statistics
  • Lesson 2: Review and Applications of Algebra
  • Lesson 3: Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  • Lesson 4: Linear Systems
  • Lesson 5: Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis and Break-Even
  • Lesson 6: Trade Discounts, Cash Discounts, Markup, and Markdown
  • Lesson 7: Simple Interest
  • Lesson 8: Compound Interest
  • Lesson 9: Annuities
  • Lesson 10: Accounting


To receive credit for ADMN 100, you must complete one online quiz for each of the ten lessons in the course. Each quiz carries a credit weight of 10% of your final mark. Your course composite grade (the average of the grades you achieve on all ten quizzes) must be “D” (50 percent) or higher.

Activity Credit Weight Material Covered
Quiz 1 10% Lesson 1: Review and Applications of Arithmetic and Statistics
Quiz 2 10% Lesson 2: Review and Applications of Algebra
Quiz 3 10% Lesson 3: Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
Quiz 4 10% Lesson 4: Linear Systems
Quiz 5 10% Lesson 5: Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis and Break-Even
Quiz 6 10% Lesson 6: Trade Discount, Cash Discount, Markup, and Markdown
Quiz 7 10% Lesson 7: Simple Interest
Quiz 8 10% Lesson 8: Compound Interest
Quiz 9 10% Lesson 9: Annuities
Quiz 10 10% Lesson 10: Accounting
Total 100%  

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Introductory Quantitative Skills for Business, Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Toronto: Pearson Canada Inc. ISBN: 978-1-323-30712-0

The eText is a custom compilation of the following textbooks:

Hummelbrunner, S. A., Halliday, K., & Coombs, K. S. (2015). Contemporary Business Mathematics with Canadian Applications (10th ed.). Toronto: Pearson Canada Inc.

Horngren, C. T., Harrison, W. T. Jr., Johnston, J. L., Meissner, C. A., & Norwood, P. R. (2014). Accounting Volume One (9th Cdn. ed.). Toronto: Pearson Canada Inc.

A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

All other course materials will be accessed online.

A Texas Instruments BA II Plus calculator is included in your course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, May 10, 2016.

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Updated May 12 2016 by Student & Academic Services