MGMT 216 – Business Data Analytics

Class Project

General Guide

Part of the requirement for this course is the completion of a class project to demonstrate student

knowledge, understanding, and the applications of statistical concepts in analyzing real life problems.

There are numerous problems around us for which greater understanding of their behavior or attributes

can be gained using statistics. For the semester project in this class, you are to undertake a simple study of

a system or process using the statistical concepts learned in this class. From the outcomes of the study

make some recommendations or inferences about the system.

The report of the project is due in the last day of class this semester and should be done in groups of two

students. Students are free to choose their own project partner. However, the instructor is available to help

students who cannot find partners.

A final project report submitted to the instructor is required of all project teams. The project report is the

basis for grading or assessing the project work of a team. Depending on time availability, class

presentation of the projects may be required. In general, a project report should contain the following

elements:

a) Abstract

b) Introduction and motivation for the study

c) Definition of the problem

d) Study objective

e) Method of collecting data

f) Sampling procedure where applicable

g) Statistical analysis

h) Inferences

i) Conclusion and Insights gained

j) References

k) Appendices where applicable

You may adapt the elemental composition of the report as may be applicable to your particular project.

Selection of a Project Topic

Listed below are some examples of possible systems or processes that could be studied using statistics to

gain improved understanding or insights about their behavior or characteristics. This list is illustrative. It

is not exhaustive. Students can choose their semester project topics from this list or if they so choose, may

come up with one on their own. In any case, topics selected must be submitted to the instructor for final

approval. The possible topics are as listed below:

1. How much does an average student spend on books per semester?

2. What is the length of time it takes to service customers at a chosen local bank?

3. How long do customers spend at a bank or any other service systems from arrival to departure?

4. How many class times are students absent per class per semester at a chosen university?

5. What is the cost per gallon of unleaded gasoline in Newark in the last two weeks of a chosen month

this year?

6. What is the monthly apartment rental cost paid by students attending the university this year?

7. How many cars pass through an intersection during a given time interval on week days?

8. How many cars queue up at a chosen traffic light during a chosen time interval during week days

versus weekend?

9. How far do NJIT faculty and staff commute daily to come to work?

10. How do the commute distance or time of NJIT staff compare with those of the faculty?

11. How long do students at NJIT commute daily to come to school?

12. What is the degree of involvement or participation of students in extra curricula activities at the

university?

13. How many hours do students at NJIT spend studying daily outside the classroom?

14. How long do patients spend at an emergency room at a chosen hospital?

15. What is the patient traffic intensity at an emergency room of a chosen hospital at certain periods of

the day?

16. How much do students spend per month on entertainment?

17. How many credit hours do students carry per semester this semester at a selected university?

18. Compare the performance of any two or more processes or systems that are alternative to one another

(e.g. commute times to work by train as against driving, monthly meal cost of students between those

who eat out always versus those who cook themselves)

19. What is the repair cost of certain automobile malfunction(s) at area auto repair shops?

20. What are the selling prices of homes in two or more towns, cities, counties, or states in the past

month or year?

21. Compare the length of time it takes to sell homes in one county against another in the same state (e.g.

Essex County versus Morris County)

22. Is there a relationship between playing a musical instrument and GPA?

23. Is there a relationship between playing intramural sport in college and GPA?

24. Who has the best deal on french fries, Wendy's, Arby's, Burger King or McDonald's?

25. Is there an association between gender and addictive habits (alcohol use, illegal drug use, tobacco

use, caffeine use, or working out)?

26. Does playing an instrument as a child improve SAT scores?

27. Is there a relationship between eating breakfast and GPA?

28. Are M&M colors in a bag equally distributed?

29. What proportion of students are left-handed?

30. Does smoking cigarettes affect one's GPA?

31. Does having a car affect a student's academic performance?

32. Is the length of work out time for male and female students the same?

33. Do students feel it is alright to use cell phones in the library? What proportion would answer cell

phone calls in the library?

34. How does temperature affect energy use?

35. How do international student's GPA's compare to those of their American peers?

36. Is there a relationship between the number of hours of sleep by students and GPA?

37. Is there a relationship between having cable TV in a dorm room and GPA?

38. Does being a university athlete affect athlete's GPA?

39. Is there a difference between the proportion of males or females that travel on spring break?

40. Is there a difference between the proportion of males and females that are registered to vote?

41. Is a name brand detergent more effective than an economy brand?

42. Do letters arrive more quickly via U.S. mail if they have zip codes than if they don’t?

43. Is there any relationship between outdoor temperature and burglary rate?

44. Is there a difference in the average number of words per story among People, Time, and Newsweek

magazines?

45. What percent of NJIT students can name the two U.S. Senators from New Jersey?

46. What percentage of NJIT can correctly name the university Provost and the Dean of his/her college?

47. Do most students gain weight after they have been in college for two or more years?

48. Is there a relationship between a student’s GPA and where he or she sits in class – towards the front,

middle, or towards the back?

49. Is there any correlation between the price of a brand new textbook and the number of pages?

50. Are textbook costs the same in engineering as in science?

51. Is there a home field advantage in the World Series?

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