For anyone interested in acquiring the skills needed to understand and perform common business activities such as payroll, banking, invoicing, and purchasing.   Business owners and managers will find this course particularly beneficial in providing a clear and understandable insight into the basic mathematical skills and processes needed to perform financial tasks required in the workplace.   This course provides a basic foundation for understanding the practical applications of mathematics in common workplace activities.

One month course; Constance Yates, Instructor.

Directional Arrows Course Objectives

  • Learn about basic mathematical functions and refresh your skills related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.  
  • Learn about banking basics, notes, mortgages, and simple and compound interest.
  • Learn how to apply this knowledge in making effective business choices. 
  • Learn about payroll, related laws and regulations, calculating gross and net pay, and how to communicate with employees regarding commonly asked questions about payroll.
  • Learn about purchasing and invoicing strategies that effectively conserve business resources as related to these functions. 
  • Learn about effective methods for controlling the basic financial aspects of a business by applying the concepts of practical math for the workplace.

Puzzle Pieces Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • The student will understand basic mathematical functions and how calculations can be easily and quickly made and applied without the aid of a calculator or computer. 
  • The student will understand basic banking functions and important banking basics such as the advantages of compound interest over simple interest.
  • The student will understand laws and regulations associated with payroll and will become familiar with fundamental skills needed to calculate gross and net pay; and the student will be able to communicate payroll concepts and practices to employees.
  • The student will understand trade discounts, cash discounts, invoicing, and effective strategies for taking advantage of opportunities associated with these business functions.
  • The student will understand how to apply practical business math to everyday situations in business to maximize the utilization of available resources.

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

  1. In the online classroom, listen to audio lectures, view slides, even take an optional quiz to test yourself.
  2. Then post comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor.  Your instructor logs on at least once a day to answer questions and join in on the discussion.
  3. Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.

  4. Participate any time of day or night. The ideal is to go online 2-3 times a day since they are week-long courses, but you decide.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Mac MiniTechnical Requirements

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.
  • Audio software such as Windows Media, Real, or Flash.
  • Speakers to listen to audio.

About the Instructor

Constance Yates serves as facilitator of Business Administration for multiple colleges and universities across the United States. She received an MBA with specialization in Health Care Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion Indiana. Constance adheres to servant leadership approach to learning and ascribes to the belief that all individuals are capable of successful learning outcomes given the appropriate learning environment and support systems. Academic areas of expertise and interest include Human Resource Management, Healthcare consulting, and Six Sigma. Constance resides in the Missouri Ozarks and enjoys fishing the area’s reservoirs in search of the “Big One”. 

Who Should Attend:

Business Owners & Managers interested in acquiring the skills needed to understand and perform common business activities such as payroll, banking, invoicing and purchasing.


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Spring Session:

2-2-2015- 2-27-2015




$145.  Also to note, there is a recommened text-book which is not part of the registration fee:  Schaum's Outline-Basic Business Mathematics, Second edition, Eugene Don, Ph.D, Joel Lerner, Ph.D., ISBN 978-0-07-161158-9.