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Presentation 9D2. Teaching Statistics in Management Courses in India

R. P. Suresh (India),


Presentation Abstract
Statistics is taught as a core course in the Management programmes leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) or an equivalent degree in various Universities and Management Institutes in India. As a part of this course, Probability Theory, Probability distributions, Statistical Inference (Point and Interval Estimation, and testing of hypothesis), Regression and Time series are covered. The students who are admitted to this course are drawn from various disciplines; some have the background equivalent to graduate level of Mathematics/ Statistics, while most others do not even have undergraduate level of Mathematics. It is believed that work experience would be of great help in learning Management principles. Hence the programme admits students with some work experience. While some of the students are fresh from their colleges, most others have had their previous degree a few (2-5) years ago, and have been working in an organization during this intermediate period. As a result of the varied background of the students, introducing concepts of the above topics need very careful planning and execution. In this paper, we outline some approaches generally used in teaching these courses, and compare the effectiveness of these approaches. We propose the use of case-based approach to teach some of the basic concepts in Statistics. We also discuss a specific case problem and discuss how this case problem can be effectively used to introduce the concept of Probability and Probability distributions. This method has been found to be quite useful in teaching Statistics in Executive Development Programmes also.


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