BA 0959 - Business and Practical Math

Online Course Information Page

Spring 2014 (Sections #3023, 3024 & 3500)


College of the Siskiyous campus

Welcome to the class introduction page for Business and Practical Math, BA 0959. This page refers to the hybrid class being held in Spring 2014. To register for this course, please visit the College's registration site at College of the Siskiyous Admissions & Records Office. Please read the following information and contact the instructor via email, Jesse Cecil (, if you have any questions. Make sure you use a descriptive subject line for your email so it doesn't get accidentally deleted as spam.

Class begins on Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014 and ends on May 22, 2014. See the section below on Dates for important information about adding and dropping this class.

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Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and calculate probabilities and distributions.
  • Analyze and perform calculations on annuities in an IRA.
  • Organize, solve, and graph tax rates and tax payments both business and personal.
  • Investigate and solve for optimum solutions by graphing.
  • Set up and solve problems using proportions in science and careers.

Course Information

  • Office Hours:
    My office hours for the Spring semester are on Monday and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00pm. My office is located in the Distance Learning Center, Room 10. You can call me or leave a voice mail message at 938-5316 or email me at ( In any case I will reply as soon as possible.

  • Dates:
    Jan 14 - Last day to add a class without instructor approval
    Jan 24 - Last day to drop without posting "W" on record.
    March 24-31; Spring Break
    Apr 18 - Last day to drop without a grade.

  • Time Expectations:
    Expect to spend approximately five to nine hours per week over the semester. 
    You will be required to participate each week.

  • Textbook:  
    Math for Business and Life, 5th ed, ISBN 0-9769930-7-0
    By John Webber, Published by Olympus Publishing

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