Business & Everyday Math Course

Get comfortable with numbers in business and life.

The business world is founded on numbers and math. Mathematical mindfulness can help eliminate costly errors, drive profit and generally lead to a greater confidence in business (and everyday) discussions. It’s therefore vital for business people to be comfortable with the most important and frequently-occurring features of the discipline. We can help you with that.


Whether you haven’t touched a calculator since high school, or you just don’t find simple interest simple, our refreshingly practical course will tailor itself closely to your knowledge and ambitions using our signature diagnosis test. Using guided examples, videos and constant application to realistic business scenarios, our course carefully teaches you all the skills required to transform math from a hazard to be feared into a weapon to be utilized. Allow Dr Clare Morris, professor at the University of Gloucestershire and published author, to make you feel more at home in numberland.



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Section 1: Introducing the basics


Unit 1.1 - Getting Started

Introduces you to the purpose and potential of the course, includes the diagnostic test that will tailor the course to your requirements, and advises you on how to approach both the course and math in general in order to get the most out of your learning.


Unit 1.2 - Be Confident with Numbers

Teaches you the fundamentals of the decimal number system, outlines the theory behind and the operation of the key arithmetic operations, and explains the essential terminology and anatomy of mathematical calculations.


Unit 1.3 - Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratios

Moves the course firmly into the world of business application by explaining in depth the four critical mechanisms through which numbers interact with one another, giving constant and explicit examples of how each is central to the business world.

Section 2: Quirks in Math


Unit 2.1 - Notation

Explains the operation of powers and roots, which are central to the decimal system, and teaches you how to handle all numbers - huge or minute - with ease and clarity.


Unit 2.2 - Estimation and Accuracy

Teaches you how to remain in control of math even without a calculator or a computer by outlining the ways in which degrees of accuracy, rounding, approximations and calculation checks can all be used to apply math to business in real time, such as in meetings or calls.


Unit 2.3 - Working with Letters

Guiding you gently through the often-daunting world of algebra, Clare explains the reasons for algebra, its applicability to the business world, and its operation – from the underlying theory to the solution of linear equations.


Unit 2.4 - Debts and Debits

Outlines how negative numbers operate, utilising a number of business examples to teach you how negative numbers are both critical to the business world, and easy to work with once you know a few simple rules.

Section 3: Working with data and tools


Unit 3.1 - Tools for Arithmetic

Connects math firmly with the real world by demonstrating how to get maximum use from your calculator and Excel spreadsheets in dealing with business scenarios.


Unit 3.2 - Graphs

Teaches you how to plot, read, make sense of and utilize the vast potential of different types of graphs as visual representations of business data.


Unit 3.3 - Business Applications and Handling Data

Applies what you have learnt throughout the course to the very heart of business, demonstrating why math is so critical to interest, depreciation, value, data handling and statistics: concepts unavoidably critical to the everyday running of a successful business.

Section 4: Advanced techniques


Unit 4.1 - Handling Data

Building on the utilisation of graphs and business applications of the previous two units, this unit also teaches you how to collect, display, interpret and benefit from data collections – a process at the heart of all world-leading businesses and organisations.


Unit 4.2 - Dealing with Chance

Demonstrates how math does not simply allow you to make sense of the present, but allows you to speculate into the future, by teaching you how to use the concept of probability to make real life business, projections, predictions and decisions.


Unit 4.3 - Conclusion

Summarizes what you have learnt, how to apply what you have learnt, and how to build upon what you have learnt to be more successful in business.


Pricing is for 12 months access.

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Completion Time: 10 hours (average)

About the Author

Clare Morris

Professor Clare Morris has more than 30 years’ experience of teaching mathematics and statistics to business students, in some of the UK’s leading business schools including Warwick Business School and the Cardiff University Business School. She is the author of a number of successful texts including ‘Quantitative Approaches in Business Studies’, now in its 8th edition (Pearson, 2011) and ‘Essential maths for business and management’ (Palgrave, 2007), as well as many journal and conference papers.


Clare holds an MA degree from the University of Oxford, and MSc and PhD from the University of Bristol. She is a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and has served as a member of the Council and chair of the Quality Improvement Committee. She has worked as a statistical consultant for major companies including Hewlett- Packard and Land Rover, as well as for a number of UK Government departments. She has a particular interest in distance and online learning, and is a tutor for the UK’s Open University. Clare believes strongly that everyone can learn and enjoy mathematics, as long as it is presented in a de-mystified and accessible way.