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Mathematics for Business


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor: Abdulrahman Al-Surmi
  • Assessment: a two-hour examination (100%)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to key mathematical ideas and concepts which you may encounter in everyday life, but more specifically in business and management scenarios. Concepts covered include percentage change, probability, logarithms; graphical representation of data; sales, profits and key performance indicators. The module will provide you with the basic mathematics skills and understanding you will need to study a range of business, economics, accounting and management modules during your undergraduate studies at Birkbeck.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Basic Arithmetic; Fractions and Percentages
  • Probability and Data
  • Basic Algebra
  • Graphs in Business and Management
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Differentiation and Introduction to Optimisation
  • Logarithms

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • feel comfortable with the mathematical tools and concepts covered in the module
  • have an understanding of basic mathematical tools and concepts that will be useful in later management, accounting and economics modules
  • no longer be afraid of mathematical concepts and ideas, whether applied to issues in everyday life, your academic studies or management in organisations
  • better understand how mathematical concepts relate to real issues in business, management and economics.