ERIC Number: ED254438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Development of Data Analysis Units Designed to Enhance Reasoning and Knowledge Transfer in the College Level Economics Course.
Hodgin, Robert F.; And Others
This paper presents the elementary mathematics behind the traditional cost-volume-profit model of the business firm in both deterministic and probabilistic forms. By a simulation process the structure could be modeled to derive a wide variety of data analysis sets for use in the classroom. The data sets can be used to aid students in applying concepts learned in the classroom. The results of four such data sets completed by students in a managerial economics course are summarized. Initial feedback indicates that students found the data sets useful. Although the examples are basic, the procedures are adaptable to complex problems. By assuming multivariate normal distributions, students can incorporate risk considerations and probability measures relating to different levels of profit into the analysis. The student can be introduced to progressively harder problems within a consistent framework. The problems used in this experiment are given in the appendix. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Economics Association (Fort Worth, TX, March 24, 1984). Appendix B, the computer program, was not included in the document as received by ERIC. It is available from Robert F. Hodgin, Economics Department, University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Houston, TX 77058-1098.