# Empirical Execrations

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Theoretical and Empirical Execrations The first hypothesis proposes that the level of exposure to the humanities, arts and communication fields, the independent variable, influences the level of students’ performance in BCA 210, the dependent variable. Intuitively, the more a student is familiar with the subjects covered in a course, the better he or she will understand the material. This in turn makes us expect that such better understanding will translate into better performance measured in the final grade in the course. To obtain information about the level of exposure to the arts, humanities and communications, we can survey BCA 210 students who took the course in the last semester and ask them regarding their level of exposure. One possible question is how many courses a student had in the past in the arts, humanities and communications. We expect that the more courses a student had, the better his/her final grade was in BCA 210. Also, we can ask students regarding their majors. If a student is majoring in the arts, humanities or communications majors, we can assume that he or she had more exposure to it. After collecting the information regarding the level of exposure to the arts,…show more content…
If the means were significantly different, then we can assume that there is a difference in performance. Another way is to simply calculate a correlation (bacterial or Pearson’s r) between the number of courses a student had taken in arts, humanities and communications and their final grades in the course... If the correlation were high or low, above 0.4 or below -0.4, we can assume that there is an association between the level of exposure to these fields and the performance in BCA 210. For simple comparisons, we can simply cross-tabulate performance in BCA 210n with either the level of exposure or the number of courses or