Math skills are required for some courses in the PBDM / MBA programs. MEQA-501, especially, demands application of a wide range of math concepts and tools. Skills in algebra and graphing are of particular importance.
Below are resources that will help you build confidence and better prepare you for the work to come in the program. You are encouraged to complete the tutorials and practice tests before you start your courses. You are welcome to refer back to this site throughout the program to refresh your skills as needed.
Athabasca University Remedial Math Centre. (2015). Retrieved from Athabasca University website: http://math-site.athabascau.ca/project/
The AU Remedial Math website is a good place to start when brushing up your math skills. This site offers a wealth of information on math including tutorials with examples and exercises. You are strongly encouraged to review the material at this site. Please begin by going to the opening page of the Remedial Math Centre site.
First read through the sections, “Multiple Avenues of Entry” and "Mapping Your Learning Strategy" on this page. These sections provide information on how to proceed and make best use of the review materials.
You can access the major topics through the “Topic List” menu item on the top of this page. Please review the following topics.
Numbers and Arithmetic
Equality, Equivalence, and Order
Comparing & Contrasting - mathematically
Measurements of Angles
Trigonometry of Angles
Polynomials and Factoring
Lines in the Plane
Relations & Functions
Introduction to Probability
Rules of Probability
IMPORTANT: You will need to create a user name and password to access the “Practice” exercises and “Tests”. For that you must subscribe by filling out the relevant form at the following website (remember, in order to secure admission to the self-testing tools, you must include your AU student ID number in the comments box). If you experience any difficulties, please look under the top menu item, “Important Links” > “Personal Support/Remedial Site Support”.
Click on the Learn tab to access videos on a variety of topics. Select Math from the dropdown menu and then view the Algebra I and Algebra II sections to learn about working with equations and graphs.
Thomas, C. R., & Maurice, S. C. (2008). 9e review of fundamental mathematics. In Student CD to accompany Managerial Economics (9th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
For reasons of copyright protection, access to this reading is limited to students registered in the PBDM/MBA program. Those students may access this reading with the username and password provided in the MBAO-599 Coaches' Corner. Note that these are NOT the same as a student's myAU username and password.
Bach, D. (1997-2002). Functions and graphs. In dansmath.com (Math Lessons, Pre-calculus section). Retrieved July 12, 2011, from http://www.dansmath.com/lessons/precalc.html#anchor51041
This web page will help students understand functions and graphs.
Thompson, J. L. (2010). "Steps and Tips for Creating Graphs Using MS Excel 2007". St. Albert, AB: Athabasca University, Faculty of Business.
For reasons of copyright protection, access to this reading is limited to students registered in the PBDM/MBA program. Those students may access this reading with the username and password provided in the MBAO-599 Coaches' Corner and the MEQA-501 Study Guide. Note that these are NOT the same as a student's library username and password.