MA-260: Pre-Calculus and Elements of Calculus for Business Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MA-260 Pre-Calculus and Elements of Calculus for Business Students

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 class hours, 1 recitation hour

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-119 and MA-121 with a grade of C or better in both courses, or MA-114 with a grade of C or better, or advanced math placement (see Proficiency in Math and English)

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Mathematical foundations necessary for the application of Basic Technical Calculus to the solution of business problems. Topics include: Economic Functions, Matrix Operations and Applications, Limits and Continuity, Derivatives, Chain Rule, Implicit Differentiation, Marginal Functions, Newton’s Method , Related Rates, Elements of Geometry, Regression.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Accounting

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems

A.S. Business Administration

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

To understand the important concepts and techniques of basic Calculus and to be able to apply these to Business problems.

Program-specific outcomes


Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

The general guidelines for assessing grades are as follows:

  • Examinations, Assignments and Classroom Performance 70%
  • Final Examination 30%

The distribution is a the discretion of the individual instructor.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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