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Attractiveness of Recreational Forests: An Overview on Selected Researches
NurHafizah Idris,Azlizam Aziz,Manohar Mariapan,Mazlina Jamaludin
International Journal of Independent Research Studies , 2013,
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to discuss the challenges and potentials for transforming recreational forests in Peninsular Malaysia as viable ecotourism destination. The selected research and articles of recreational forest were accumulated in determining the lack and weakness of the forest. In fact, recreational forests have the potential to be developed and marketed as ecotourism destinations since our forests are endowed with diverse flora and fauna, as well as other natural destinations. Some of the recreational forests really famous but some are seems to have no visitors. Several challenges are also noted in this paper which needs to be addressed before the potential can be translated into a real tourism product. This include the lack of competence pool of personnel to carryout tasks necessary to receive visitors, lack of maintenance of current facilities, lack of structured programming of ecotourism activities and the non-existence of a concerted efforts in properly developed the recreational forests as a ecotourism destinations. Once such issues are addressed, recreational forests can help to diversify and adding a unique dimension into our ecotourism and outdoor recreation sector.
Determinant of Low Birth Weight Infants: A Matched Case Control Study  [PDF]
Rosnah Sutan, Mazlina Mohtar, Aimi Nazri Mahat, Azmi Mohd Tamil
Open Journal of Preventive Medicine (OJPM) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojpm.2014.43013

Background: Low birth weight (LBW) is a well-known factor associated with neonatal mortality and has contributed to a range of poor health outcomes. Thus, the objective of this study was to determine factors associated with LBW infants. Methods: A matched case control study was conducted in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Data of deliveries were obtained from Total Hospital Information System and medical records. All registered deliveries from January to June 2012 were used as sample populations. There were 180 pairs of cases and controls matched on babies’ gender. Fourteen variables were analyzed: maternal age, ethnicity, gravida, parity, gestational age, maternal booking weight, height and body mass index (BMI), history of low birth weight infants, birth interval, booking hemoglobin levels, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and mode of delivery. Results: Younger mother (t = 6.947, p < 0.001), lower booking BMI (t = 3.067, p = 0.002), prematurity (t = 12.324, p < 0.001), history of LBW infants (OR = 3.0, p = 0.001), LSCS (OR = 0.06, p = 0.001) and current hypertension (OR = 3.1, p = 0.008) were found significant in bivariate analysis. Multivariable conditional logistic regression identified younger maternal age (AOR = 2.9, 95% CI = 1.86 -4.51, p < 0.001), previous history of LBW infants (AOR = 3.7, 95% CI = 1.03 -13.58, p = 0.045), prematurity (AOR = 2.4, 95% CI = 1.79 -3.26, p < 0.001), and current hypertension (AOR = 4.5, 95% CI = 1.06 -19.22, p = 0.041) as significant factors associated with LBW infants. Conclusion: Younger maternal age, history of LBW infants, prematurity and hypertension have been recognized as predictors of LBW infants. The importance of pre-pregnancy screening, early antenatal booking and proper identification of high risk-mother needs to be strengthened and enforced in effort to reduce incidence of LBW infants.

Revista de Administratie Publica si Politici Sociale , 2012,
Abstract: The objectives of this paper are to determine the service quality perceptions and the effectiveness of electronic services and the relationship between training and competencies. Two data collection methods which are questionnaire and observation were used to collect the data for this study. A total of 80 sets of questionnaires were distributed among the users of such services in Melaka, Malaysia. The study indicates that there is a significant positive relationship between training requirements and effectiveness. It can be implied that training of employees in the electric and energy company is a necessity for them to increase their effectiveness. Future work suggested that customer service survey should be conducted among all government and private firms especially Government lead Companies (GLC) so that they can improve their customer services.
An Evaluation of Lecturers Perceptions Towards Research
Izah Mohd Tahir,Nor Mazlina Abu Bakar
The Social Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: Teaching and research are two main requirements in the job descriptions of university lecturers. Other requirements in the job descriptions include organizing seminars/conferences, presenting papers at national and international levels, publishing papers/articles in refereed journals, publishing books and other scholarly activities. Through research one could acquire knowledge and disseminate to students as well as peers, which finally contribute to building competitive advantage to the university concerned. The current study reports findings from a survey, which examined the perceptions of university lecturers towards research. The findings indicate that research is essential to professional development motivated by getting promotion and salary increment. They also, shed some light on the main barrier for not doing research among university lecturers-poor statistical and econometric skills. Implications and suggestions for future research are also, provided.
Business students’ beliefs in learning mathematics
Izah Mohd. Tahir,Nor Mazlina Abu Bakar
Jurnal Kemanusiaan , 2007,
Abstract: This study explores the students' beliefs in learning mathematics in a university mathematics class. Complete data were collected from three hundred and seventy six students in three higher learning institutions enrolled in the business mathematics subject. The reliability coefficient alpha was 0.80, indicating a high degree of internal consistency for group analyses. A maximum likelihood factor analysis with a varimax rotation yielded four factors: teacher’s role, value, competency and learning. The results indicated that business students appeared to hold positive beliefs in learning mathematics. In addition, teacher’s role was the most important factor, followed by value, learning and competency. The results also indicated that there were significant differences in means between students’ beliefs based on institutions and mathematics grade. However, our results showed no significant differences in means between beliefs based on gender, secondary education and students’ major. The findings of this study could assist the relevant authorities to develop strategic planning to enhance learning mathematics among Malay students. In addition, learning mathematics does not only build students’ ability to think analytically but also develop skills of reasoning and problem solving. These are some of the important elements in environmental management which are invaluable assets to the community.
Accounting Students’ Perception on Pursuing Professional Examination
Mazlina Mustapha,Mohammad Hasmawi Abu Hassan
International Journal of Education , 2012, DOI: 10.5296/ije.v4i4.1546
Abstract: Prior studies indicate that people’s perception have an important influence on their career decisions. This study explores the accounting students’ perceptions on professional examination and the factors that influence their decisions to take the exam. Questionnaires were distributed to final year accounting students of a public university in Malaysia. About 103 questionnaires were completed and usable for the purpose of the study. Regression analysis was employed to analyse the data. The results indicate that about 70% of the respondents plan to work immediately after graduating, and only about 28% of the respondents really have the intention to pursue professional qualification. Among others, the findings reveal that the job security and stability, and opportunities for advancement as well as the students’ perception towards the profession are the three main variables found to be significant in influencing the accounting students’ decision to pursue professional examination. The results of the study appear to suggest that the educators and universities must play their role to positively influence and motivate the students to pursue professional examination. The favourable information about the profession may attract the potential students to take the challenge.
Concurrent Peripheral Pathologies and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 as Contributors to Acute Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain: A Case Report
Seyed Majid Akhavan Hejazi,Mazlina Mazlan
Acta Medica Iranica , 2012,
Abstract: Post-stroke shoulder pain is associated with either a peripheral or central pathology. However, most of the time, it is challenging to establish a cause-and-effect relationship between the suggested pathology and shoulder pain reported. We report a 66 year-old man who developed a right hemiplegic shoulder pain two months post stroke with initial investigations suggestive of peripheral pathologies. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment did not improve his shoulder pain. Later he developed complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the right hand and the initial shoulder pain subsequently relieved following resolution of the CRPS.
Applying Multiple Linear Regression and Neural Network to Predict Bank Performance
Nor Mazlina Abu Bakar,Izah Mohd Tahir
International Business Research , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ibr.v2n4p176
Abstract: Globalization and technological advancement has created a highly competitive market in the banking and finance industry. Performance of the industry depends heavily on the accuracy of the decisions made at managerial level. This study uses multiple linear regression technique and feed forward artificial neural network in predicting bank performance. The study aims to predict bank performance using multiple linear regression and neural network. The study then evaluates the performance of the two techniques with a goal to find a powerful tool in predicting the bank performance. Data of thirteen banks for the period 2001-2006 was used in the study. ROA was used as a measure of bank performance, and hence is a dependent variable for the multiple linear regressions. Seven variables including liquidity, credit risk, cost to income ratio, size, concentration ratio, inflation and GDP were used as independent variables. Under supervised learning, the dependent variable, ROA was used as the target output for the artificial neural network. Seven inputs corresponding to seven predictor variables were used for pattern recognition at the training phase. Experimental results from the multiple linear regression show that two variables: credit risk and cost to income ratio are significant in determining the bank performance. Two variables were found to explain about 60.9 percent of the total variation in the data with a mean square error (MSE) of 0.330. The artificial neural network was found to give optimal results by using thirteen hidden neurons. Testing results show that the seven inputs explain about 66.9 percent of the total variation in the data with a very low MSE of 0.00687. Performance of both methods is measured by mean square prediction error (MSPR) at the validation stage. The MSPR value for neural network is lower than the MPSR value for multiple linear regression (0.0061 against 0.6190). The study concludes that artificial neural network is the more powerful tool in predicting bank performance.
Influence of Demographic Factors on Students’ Beliefs in Learning Mathematics
Izah Mohd Tahir,Nor Mazlina Abu Bakar
International Education Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ies.v2n3p120
Abstract: Learning mathematics has been recognized by many as important. It does not only develop students’ ability to think in quantitative terms but can also enhance skills such as analytical and problem solving skills. However, to enable us to tell our students how important mathematics is we have to understand students’ beliefs in learning mathematics so as to find ways to improve students’ performance in mathematics. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between business students’ beliefs in learning mathematics and demographic factors. Data were collected from three hundred and seventy six students in three higher learning institutions enrolled in business mathematics class. Descriptive statistics will be used to describe the sample and Pearson chi-square test will be used to test students’ beliefs and the relationship between students’ beliefs and demographic factors (gender, institutions, previous mathematics grade, secondary education and major). Our results suggest that students’ beliefs are positive and significant in learning mathematics. Using Pearson chi-square test, generally the results suggest that there are significant differences in means between students’ beliefs based on institutions and mathematics grade. In addition, we find that overall there are no significant differences in means between beliefs based on gender, secondary education and major.
Evaluation of Recycle Grinding Performance in Flour Milling
Siti Mazlina Mustapa Kamal,Colin Webb
Journal of Applied Sciences , 2007,
Abstract: A typical flour milling process is a very linear operation that is almost entirely void of recycled streams where separate fractions from each operation go ahead as new streams to the next operation. In some cases, there are opportunities for combining some streams, for recycling particles that have been insufficiently broken to go back to the same roller mill. This study introduces this recycle concept in flour milling process at second break system. The recycle grinding assessment was made using a Satake STR-100 test roller mill. The recycle process was started after the second break system and the number of recycle grinding was up to 7 regrinds. The particle size distribution and ash analysis were produced to describe the behaviour of the recycle grinding performance. The material release was sifted on a range of sieves and the ash content was analysed using a laboratory furnace. The performance for each recycle stage was investigated. It was determined that it is possible for some coarse particles that contain only bran to keep being recycled in the recycle circuit. A purging operation was recommended to be included in the recycle system, to separate the unwanted particles.
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