2023-2024 / MATH0059-2

Mathematics for business engineers


35h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in business engineering5 crédits 


Bernard Fortz

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1. Functions with several variables: numerical spaces, limits, continuity, partial derivatives, differential, implicit derivation; homogeneous functions; convex functions; optimization without and with constraints. 2. Integration: complements about simple integrals ; double integrals. 3. Functional equations: differential equations, difference equations. 4. Introduction to mathematical models, with applications to management.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Strategy : The course will allow students to analyse the financial and economic context of a complex situation. The course will allow students to understand the scientific and technological context of a complex situation. The course will allow students to demonstrate scientific precision and a critical mind in the analysis of a complex situation. Implementation : The course will train the student to capitalize on the characteristics of a more and more digitalized world when confronted with a complex situation. Quality and Performance Control : The course will teach the students to use the appropriate analytical tools when analysing a complex management situation. Adaptability : The course will encourage students to be curious and to show a scientific precision of academic level in their studies as well as in their professional life.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Linear algebra up to the classification of quadratic forms.
One-variable Calculus.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Each notion of the contents is illustrated by exercises. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

- Ex-cathedra lectures. - Exercises. - Possibility to attend "questions-and-answers" sessions.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes and slides available on LoL@.
Further reading: J. Bair, Y. Crama, V. Henry, D. Justens, Modèles mathématiques en gestion, Editions Cassini et Pole, Paris, 2011.
Supplementary exercises: Pascal Dupont, Exercices corrigés de mathématiques, De Boeck Université, Bruxelles, 2008.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam with theory and exercises.
Weighting: 60% exercises / 40% theory.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Instructor :
Bernard Fortz
HEC Liège,
Rue Louvrex 14,
4000 Liège
(Building N1, room 327).
Email: bernard.fortz@uliege.be

Assistant :
Eddy Flas,
HEC Liège,
Rue Louvrex 14,
4000 Liège
(Bât. N1, bureau 306).
Courriel : eddy.flas@uliege.be

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