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Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Builder

An Economics Network funded project, 2010-11

Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Project leader: Dr Dan Wheatley

Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Builder’ is an electronic web-based interactive teaching and learning resource, which can be used by students to aid in their understanding of cost benefit analysis including: how it works, how to construct a cost benefit analysis, applying values to costs/benefits, how to perform discounting, and the limitations of CBA.

In summary, the main objectives of the project are to:

  1. Create a free to use web-based resource for teaching and learning of CBA.
  2. Create an interactive resource for teaching CBA which provides
    1. an in-depth database of CBA information;
    2. hands-on experience with worked examples drawing on real data;
    3. the ability to create your own simple and advanced CBA, and;
    4. downloadable exercises/worksheets.
  3. Create a resource which can be used in formative and non-formative assessment.
  4. Improve student engagement with CBA through new methods of teaching and learning.
  5. Improve student employability through improved knowledge of a common method of project appraisal used in both the public and private sector.


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