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Investigation of exopolysaccharide production by lactic acid bacteria. (2008)
Thesis
JONES, R.A. 2008. Investigation of exopolysaccharide production by lactic acid bacteria. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis is an investigation into the production of exopolysaccharides (EPS) produced by strains of Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus and Lactococcus lactis ssp. cremoris. These are used in the dairy industry for the production of yoghurt... Read More about Investigation of exopolysaccharide production by lactic acid bacteria..

The effective evidence-based high school librarian: a journey to decision. (2008)
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TURRIFF, A. 2008. The effective evidence-based high school librarian: a journey to decision. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis aims to establish how high school librarians in Scotland and America can become effective evidence-based decision-makers. Initial data collection consisted of written questionnaires to elicit background data from librarians on the extent... Read More about The effective evidence-based high school librarian: a journey to decision..

Conceptions of effective information use and learning in a tele-health organization: a phenomenographic study of information literacy and knowledge management at work. (2008)
Thesis
TOLEDANO O'FARRILL, R. 2008. Conceptions of effective information use and learning in a tele-health organization: a phenomenographic study of information literacy and knowledge management at work. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research study investigates the concept of workplace information literacy (IL) theoretically and empirically, focusing on the connections between information literacy and knowledge management (KM). This dissertation examines the relevance and ap... Read More about Conceptions of effective information use and learning in a tele-health organization: a phenomenographic study of information literacy and knowledge management at work..

Power and wind power: exploring experiences of renewable energy planning processes in Scotland. (2008)
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AITKEN, M. 2008. Power and wind power: exploring experiences of renewable energy planning processes in Scotland. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Energy use and production have become highly salient within both national and international policy. This reflects an international recognition of the need to cut emissions in order to mitigate the threats of climate change. Within the UK there is sig... Read More about Power and wind power: exploring experiences of renewable energy planning processes in Scotland..

Hydrodynamic and economic modelling of tidal current energy conversion systems. (2008)
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MELVILLE, G.T. 2008. Hydrodynamic and economic modelling of tidal current energy conversion systems. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis examines the contribution of computational modelling to the development of the tidal current energy industry, against the background of increasing commercial, government, academic and public interest. It does this through the practical ap... Read More about Hydrodynamic and economic modelling of tidal current energy conversion systems..

Vision systems for a mobile robot based on line detection using the Hough Transform and artificial neural networks. (2008)
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DAMARYAM, G.K. 2008. Vision systems for a mobile robot based on line detection using the Hough Transform and artificial neural networks. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This project contributes to the problem of mobile robot self-navigation within a rectilinear framework based on visual data. It proposes a number of vision systems based on detection of straight lines in images captured by a robot using the Hough tra... Read More about Vision systems for a mobile robot based on line detection using the Hough Transform and artificial neural networks..

An investigation into determinants of successful rowing performance in terms of body morphology and stretcher position. (2008)
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EMERY, M. 2008. An investigation into determinants of successful rowing performance in terms of body morphology and stretcher position. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

Successful rowers competing at an elite level have been shown to have particular morphological characteristics that are associated with their success (Bourgois et al. 2001; Slater et al. 2005; Kerr et al. 2007). The aim of this investigation was to i... Read More about An investigation into determinants of successful rowing performance in terms of body morphology and stretcher position..

The effect of CLAs on the expression of PKC isoforms and cell viability in breast cancer cell lines. (2008)
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CRABB-WYKE, R. 2008. The effect of CLAs on the expression of PKC isoforms and cell viability in breast cancer cell lines. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis.

Breast tumours make up 15% of the total cancer burden in the UK and around 8% of the total number of cancer related deaths. Protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms have been shown to be strongly modulated in many androgen sensitive tumour cell lines. Increas... Read More about The effect of CLAs on the expression of PKC isoforms and cell viability in breast cancer cell lines..

An examination of large commercial banks within G-10: risk, efficiency, and the 1996 market risk amendment. (2008)
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FORSYTH, M. 2008. An examination of large commercial banks within G-10: risk, efficiency, and the 1996 market risk amendment. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The financial industry changed significantly through the 1990s as commercial banks pursued additional profits through non-traditional and off-balance sheet (OBS) activity. The regulatory bodies had to accept the changing risk nature of the industry a... Read More about An examination of large commercial banks within G-10: risk, efficiency, and the 1996 market risk amendment..

The impact of reform of the coffee industry in Kenya on small and large farmers. (2008)
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VARQA, S. 2008. The impact of reform of the coffee industry in Kenya on small and large farmers. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Underdevelopment is a major problem facing many developing countries around the world. Market mechanisms have increasingly been employed in an attempt to overcome the problem of underdevelopment such as low growth and poverty; however the implementat... Read More about The impact of reform of the coffee industry in Kenya on small and large farmers..

The development and evaluation of a holistic approach to obesity management for primary care nurses. (2008)
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BROWN, J.E. 2008. The development and evaluation of a holistic approach to obesity management for primary care nurses. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The prevalence of obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30kg/m2) in the Scottish population is rising at an alarming pace. The health implications for those affected and the lack of sustained success in treatment, demands that new strategies be explo... Read More about The development and evaluation of a holistic approach to obesity management for primary care nurses..

The role of market orientation in developing and sustaining market relationships: an empirical study in Taiwan. (2008)
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TING, S. 2008. The role of market orientation in developing and sustaining market relationships: an empirical study in Taiwan. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Significant work has taken place in the development of our understanding of business dyadic relationships but much work remains to be done in determining the antecedents, particularly our understanding of cultural contexts. This research aims to add... Read More about The role of market orientation in developing and sustaining market relationships: an empirical study in Taiwan..

An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'. (2008)
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TONER-EDGAR, M. 2008. An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis examines the relationship between textile craft practice and Kolb's Theory of Experiential Learning. The nature of craft practice has been described as 'Intelligent Making'. The aims were to investigate the term 'Intelligent Making' and c... Read More about An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'..

Auditor-client relationships: an assessment of relationship quality. (2008)
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BELOUCIF, A. 2008. Auditor-client relationships: an assessment of relationship quality. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Corporate failures and financial scandals are not a phenomenon of the 21st century. In the 1990s, the British economy witnessed the collapse of some well-known companies such as Polly Peck, Sock Shop, Coloroll, BCCI, Maxwell Group, etc. In the US, th... Read More about Auditor-client relationships: an assessment of relationship quality..

Cytochrome P450 mRNA profile in human breast cancer cell lines. (2008)
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WARASIHA, B. 2008. Cytochrome P450 mRNA profile in human breast cancer cell lines. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Cytochrome P450 enzymes (P450s) are involved in cancer development and treatment due to their roles in the oxidative metabolism of various compounds, both endogenous (e.g. oestrogen) and exogenous (e.g. tamoxifen). Intermediate P450 metabolites deriv... Read More about Cytochrome P450 mRNA profile in human breast cancer cell lines..

Event and map content personalisation in a mobile and context-aware environment. (2008)
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BIERIG, R., 2008. Event and map content personalisation in a mobile and context-aware environment. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Effective methods for information access are of the greatest importance for our modern lives “ particularly with respect to handheld devices. Personalisation is one such method which models a users characteristics to deliver content more focused to t... Read More about Event and map content personalisation in a mobile and context-aware environment..

The impact of relationship selling on the sales force control function. (2008)
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LEMMENS, R. 2008. The impact of relationship selling on the sales force control function. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Sales management control and sales force performance has received substantial attention by researchers in the past decades. Researchers have been investigating the construct of sales control, its antecedents and its consequences on both the individua... Read More about The impact of relationship selling on the sales force control function..