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Constructing our futures anew: For greater intensity of becoming

This thesis examines futurists’ capacity to engage with the future. A literature review contends that by separating their work into opposing domains futurists do not recognise important aspects of their expertise. Empirical data identifies two ways of engaging with the future. The first involves a reflection process of unfolding and revealing the future along a time framework. The second involves turning to the conditions to co-create an unknown emerging future. Futurists’ capacity to engage with the future is similar to but extends beyond that of laboratory scientists. Futures studies education may contribute to extending capacity to engage with the future.

Author: Bok, Barbara Maria
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 22, 2018 5:32 PM
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One country: different voices - meeting the challenge of introducing Indigenous approaches to learning to non-Indigenous students. Creative work and exegesis

The creative work - a website titled One Country: Different Voices at http://www.onecountrydifferentvoices.com.au/ - adapts for the non-Indigenous classroom a model for learning developed by Elders of Western New South Wales. Eight Ways Learning is based in traditional Indigenous approaches to learning. The website includes links to teaching and learning websites, Australian Indigenous knowledge, and background reading papers which challenge the students’ implicit world view and attitudes. Part 1 of the exegesis reviews both the Eight Ways model and non-Indigenous approaches to learning.

Author: Vigo, Kitty Grazyna Maria
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 18, 2018 1:32 PM
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One country: different voices - a critical self reflection

The creative work - a website titled One Country: Different Voices at http://www.onecountrydifferentvoices.com.au/ - adapts for the non-Indigenous classroom a model for learning developed by Elders of Western New South Wales. Eight Ways Learning is based in traditional Indigenous approaches to learning. The website includes links to teaching and learning websites, Australian Indigenous knowledge, and background reading papers which challenge the students’ implicit world view and attitudes. Part 2: is a critical reflection of theories such as Feminism, Standpoint Theory, Whiteness Studies, and Indigenous research methodologies which inform the work.

Author: Vigo, Kitty Grazyna Maria
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 18, 2018 1:32 PM
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A review of person-centred fall prevention: A proposal for using augmented reality to assist with co-designing home modifications as part of a service improvement strategy

The thesis investigates older adult fall prevention. The research focuses on how to use goals as design drivers to curb home modification compliance problems. Control theory and multiple qualitative methods are employed to investigate: how should fall prevention home modification services be delivered to achieve person-centredness? Outcomes include a control driven person-centred fall prevention service model and an augmented reality home modification design application. Results demonstrate that active engagement in the design process is perceived to provide older adults with greater control within fall prevention services with opportunities to raise compliancy and decrease in falls through personalised fall prevention recommendations.

Author: Lo Bianco, Michael
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 17, 2018 11:31 AM
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A fundamental study on the surface binding isotherms of carbon dots bound with heavy metal ions in view of its potential as innovative optical sensing receptors

Carbon dots (CDs) is an emerging fluorescent nanomaterial that attracted tremendous research attention due to their superior properties such as highly biocompatible, excellent photostability and ease in functionalization. This research was conducted to produce CDs from sustainable carbon precursors, followed by surface functionalization and finally to establish the relationship between binding affinities with the change in optical properties. The findings had proven that better interaction between surface functionalized CDs and targeted metal ions resulted in better binding affinity, leading to significant change in optical signal. This correlation could be potentially used for development of CDs as metal ions sensing receptors.

Author: Ng, Yann Huey
Publication year: 2016
Publication type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 2, 2018 1:32 PM
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A concept-based clustering approach to clinical information retrieval

Dr. Vong studied the use of medical literature to answer clinical questions with the best available research evidence. She investigated how to determine the quality of clinical evidence and how to extract the most useful knowledge from medical documents. She developed a novel approach to cluster and visualize a collection of documents for supporting the information search process. The approach can be applied to develop a question answering system for answering clinical questions at the point of care and for facilitating the integration of research evidence into clinical decision making.

Author: Vong, Wan Tze
Publication year: 2016
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:January 2, 2018 1:03 PM
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Physiological, biochemical and gene expression studies of salinity stress response and tolerance in local rice varieties of Sarawak, Malaysia

Rice is a staple food in a wide range of population. However, it is challenging to maintain rice as an affordable food source as it required a large amount of fresh water to cultivate. Meanwhile, Sarawak comprises many local rice varieties that could be cultivated with less input of fresh water, and thus, more tolerance to salt stress. In this study, the physiological, biochemical and gene expressions responses of these rice species upon salt stress exposure were investigated. Relative to commercial rice variety, a local variety named ‘Biris’ is more salt tolerance while ‘Bajong’ is more salt responsive.

Author: Yeo, Brandon Pei Hui
Publication year: 2016
Publication type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Live|Last updated:December 21, 2017 5:32 PM
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Vibration and sound signal analysis in gas stirred ladles

The thesis is about improving the quality of steel and optimizing the cost of the secondary steel making process. It tried to examine how sensors can be useful in automating the steel production operations. The work showed that an accelerometer and a microphone which measure sound and vibration signals respectively may greatly help in estimating the actual phenomenon happening during steelmaking. The study aimed at addressing an industrial problem on accurately evaluating the volumetric gas flow rate used to mix the molten steel. The outcome of this research is used to improve steel quality.

Author: Yenus, Jaefer
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:December 21, 2017 5:32 PM
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Sub-micron-period magnetic lattices for ultracold atoms

Ultracold atoms have been successfully trapped in an array of magnetic micro-traps with a period of 700 nm based on patterned permanent magnetic film. The created atomic lattice system is analogous to a crystal lattice in a solid material. The study of this well-controlled atomic lattice system in lab helps us to understand the behaviour of more complicated solid materials. This may contribute to the creation of new types of materials in the future.

Author: Wang, Yibo
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Live|Last updated:December 8, 2017 11:32 AM
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Enhanced surfactant template recycling for continuous production of mesoporous silica materials

Mobil Crystalline Material 41 (MCM-41) has been synthesized by silica condensation on a template micelles formed at critical micelle concentration (CMC) dependent on solvent used. The template in the filtrate remained after synthesis gel filtration and the extracted template were utilized for repeated synthesis cycles until no MCM-41 material was formed. The template was burn off completely under calcination and treated with solvent extraction using the filtrate composed mainly of ethanol. The template recycling study in continuous MCM-41 synthesis can be applied in MCM-41 industry for synthesizing MCM-41 material utilizing recycled template to achieve cheaper process with reduced filtrate disposal.

Author: Lai, Jia Yen
Publication year: 2017
Publication type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Live|Last updated:December 7, 2017 10:32 AM
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