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A Multi-Criteria Decision Making Approach for Analysing Prospective University Students Course Selection Decision Problem in Nigeria

Authors: Emovon I, Aziken GO

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Prospective university students at the end of the senior secondary school education find it challenging to choose the most suitable course to be studied at the university level. The difficulty may be attributed to numerous alternatives courses available for students to choose from while considering diverse conflicting decision attributes. This paper presents a VIKOR methodology for ease of course selection for prospective university students. The suitability of the proposed technique is illustrated with an example of a student having a challenge in selecting the best course from among medicine, engineering, and law while considering four decision criteria as the basis for evaluating the performances of each alternative course. The proposed technique was validated by comparing it with an approach used in the literature in solving a related course selection decision problem. The proposed methodology although easier in terms of computation yet produces the same result as the method in the literature. The VIKOR approach is therefore a feasible alternative for dealing with the problem of course selection for prospective university students.

Affiliations: Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, PMB 1221, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria.
Keywords: VIKOR Method, Prospective University Students, Course Selection, Senior Secondary School, Decision Criteria
Published date: 2021/06/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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