Title: Curriculum network graph: relative contribution of courses

Authors: Natarajan Meghanathan

Addresses: Jackson State University, Mailbox 18839, 1400 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi, MS 39217, USA

Abstract: We propose a centrality and topological sort-based formulation to quantify the relative contribution of courses in a curriculum network graph (CNG). We normalise the values obtained for each centrality metric as well as the level numbers of the vertices in a topological sort of the CNG. The contribution score for a vertex is the weighted sum of the normalised values for the vertex. The relative contribution scores of the vertices could be used as a measure of the weights to be given to the courses for curriculum assessment and student ranking as well as to cluster courses with similar contribution.

Keywords: curriculum network graph; CNG; centrality metrics; topological sort; relative contribution; curriculum assessment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNS.2017.083580

International Journal of Network Science, 2017 Vol.1 No.3, pp.223 - 247

Received: 16 Jun 2016
Accepted: 22 Aug 2016

Published online: 04 Apr 2017 *

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