TITLE

FACTORS INFLUENCING STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN THE INTRODUCTORY MANAGEMENT SCIENCE COURSE

AUTHOR(S)
D'Souza, Kelwyn A.; Maheshwari, Sharad K.
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
Allied Academies International Conference: Proceedings of the Ac;Apr2009, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The introductory management science course is a core requirement for many undergraduate students majoring in business. In general, it is considered to be a challenging course having high withdrawal and failure rates. The purpose of this paper is to examine factors that influence the performance of students in the introductory management science course. To evaluate these factors, a study was conducted over a two-year period covering around 300 students from business and other majors at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. Several independent variables related to student demographics, course structure, instructional methods, student motivation and effort, student aptitude and application, and student preparation were considered. Nine of these variables showed some significant relationship with the performance. Furthermore, a multiple regression model was constructed using stepwise method. Four independent variables were included in the final regression model: current class grade point average, average homework score, course utilization ratio, and completion of pre-calculus prerequisite. The final multiple-regression model explained around 51% of the variation. The results emanating from this paper could assist in redesigning and delivery of management science course material.
ACCESSION #
41529707

 

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