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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 1. 1967.

Exec decides to query

Exec decides to query

A full investigation into the necessity of Quantitative Analysis for a BCA degree, is being conducted by the Education Committee on request of Executive.

At a recent executive meeting Neil Woodhams, Publications Officer, and David Shand. Public Relations Officer, questioned the need for QA as a pre-requisite for Accountancy and Economics III.

"A public accountant does not need a practical knowledge of applied mathematics," said Shand.

Sue Markham, Education Officer, said the exam would probably be only an indica-tion to the student. It would give the student a chance to change his course, and to receive a refund of fees.

It was generally agreed that students could enrol in supplementary classes, before enrolling, to ensure a sufficiently high standard of, maths.

Mathematics taught method

University regulations state that no student may be excluded from any class except for reasons of overcrowding. Doug White, capping con-troller said "Exclusion by examination is surely the fairest way."

Rashbrooke felt mathematics taught method, and that QA provided a basis for statistical analysis. "It is not only an end in itself."

Executive passed a motion deploring the need to limit classes because of the high ratio of student to staff, and requested the University Council to supply details of the proposed limitations.

When the number of students excluded are known Executive will write to the University Grants Committee and the Minister of Education drawing their attention to the situation.

However Salient was told the number of QA entrants at the end of BCA enrolling was only 366. Thus exclusions on a large scale appear unlikely.