10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C137


The Business Research Methods Seminar as a “Third Course” of Undergraduate Business Statistics: A Case of Successful Curricular Reform


Bodapati Gandhi (USA)
Srinivas Gandhi (USA)


Bodapati Gandhi (United States)


The business research methods seminar is a capstone course required of most undergraduate business majors at UPR Mayagüez, in which students solve a real-life managerial problem. The seminar provides an introduction, final reinforcement, and a different perspective on statistical thinking as a crucial research tool. However, time constraints prevent a statistics review. To ameliorate this, the primary author helped design a new research methods course requirement, as a prerequisite to the various capstone seminars. These changes, part of a faculty-wide curricular reform that would ultimately also impact the introductory business statistics sequence, required assent from several academic committees and deans, departmentally and campus-wide. These form steps to the ultimate goal: integrating statistical thinking, research and communications skills to every discipline in our undergraduate business curriculum.