Confidence-Based Learning in Investment Analysis

  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
  • Pablo Lara-Navarra
  • David Castillo-Merino
  • Inés González-González
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)


The aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of using multiple choice tests in subjects related to the administration and business management. To this end we used a multiple-choice test with specific questions to verify the extent of knowledge gained and the confidence and trust in the answers. The tests were performed in a group of 200 students at the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. The analysis made have been implemented in one subject of the scope of investment analysis and measured the level of knowledge gained and the degree of trust and security in the responses at two different times of the course. The measurements have been taken into account different levels of difficulty in the questions asked and the time spent by students to complete the test. The results confirm that students are generally able to obtain more knowledge along the way and get increases in the degree of trust and confidence in the answers. It is confirmed as the difficulty level of the questions set a priori by the heads of the subjects are related to levels of security and confidence in the answers. It is estimated that the improvement in the skills learned is viewed favourably by businesses and are especially important for job placement of students.


Knowledge test trust confidence skills administration and business management investment analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
    • 1
  • Pablo Lara-Navarra
    • 2
  • David Castillo-Merino
    • 1
  • Inés González-González
    • 1
  1. 1.Business and Sciences DepartmentOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Information and Documentation DepartmentOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain

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