Scaling Assessment for Business Statistics

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This Westfield Fund 2015 project develops new forms of formative and summative assessment that engage students in SBM.


The School of Business and Management (SBM) has, for a long time, had a first year compulsory module on Quantitative Research Methods. This module was and is probably the most technical module students at SBM encounter in their first year and outcomes have been poor. Lecturers have not been receiving good teaching evaluations and the pass rate on the module has been much lower than on other first year modules at SBM.

The aim of the project is to develop new methods of assessment and new content that would increase student engagement with the material being taught and would improve student and lecturer outcomes.


Specifically, the project aims to deliver four outputs:

  1. a survey of the literature on statistics education in and outside business schools focusing particularly on methods of assessment;
  2. a summary of the options provided by QMPlus to implement those methods which the literature review reveals to be effective;
  3. a survey instrument that can be used to measure students’ attitudes and learning outcomes before and after the course;
  4. a design for the student project and for supporting exercises and feedback tests that will be implemented over the course of the term.

These outputs will strengthen the ability of our students to retain what they have learned about uses of statistical and analytical methods, making them more confident in interviews and raising their employability.

The Westfield Fund 2015 supported:

  • the recruitment of a graduate research assistant who will undertake the work;
  • a two-day workshop for student mentors, working through the PASS scheme.

You can read the full project report by downloading the pdf file above.