Making statistics significant in a short course for graduates with widely-varying non-statistical backgrounds

MacGillivray, Helen L. (2003) Making statistics significant in a short course for graduates with widely-varying non-statistical backgrounds. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences, 7(2), pp. 105-113.

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Abstract

With reference to a short compulsory module for MBA students, this paper discusses how, despite a range of pressures and an extraordinary range of student backgrounds, fears and motivations, it is possible to quickly facilitate understanding and confidence in handling data and basic statistics for graduates in business and associated workplaces. Links and contrasts with a variety of undergraduate teaching scenarios help to enrich teaching and learning strategies, and the strategies and materials developed through interaction with the range of MBA students are transferable to other postgraduate coursework situations. In particular, the need for understanding and confidence in handling data and its presentation, in considering categorical and simple continuous data, and in understanding correlation and association, are common across many different workplaces and applications.

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ID Code: 13108
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1155/S1173912603000105
ISSN: 1532-7612
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Hindawi Publishing
Copyright Statement: This paper is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 23:18

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