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Research Symposium 2020

What academic research might mean for NZSE College, and how can we focus it?

by Dr Leo Hitchcock
Auckland University of Technology |
This question has no straight-forward answer, and, in itself, could be a research question!
In my address to this symposium, I will present a number of further questions, and throw some considerations into the mix to help generate ideas for focusing research activities at NZSE College. Questions like, for example: What is academic, or scholarly research anyway? What are the benefits of engaging in scholarly research? How can we focus research? My address poses these, and other, questions, and puts forward some discussion points to help us address the main question. I will begin by defining academic research as a “Systematic investigation into a problem or situation, where the intention is to identify facts and/or opinions that will assist in solving a problem or dealing with a situation” (Guide2Research blog, 2018; PhD Assistance Blog, 2019).
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Issues and challenges facing New Zealand tertiary sectors and possible future direction

Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal | Dr Vijay Kumar | Dr Sanjeev Acharya
Collaborative Research
Tertiary education plays an important role in the economic development of the countries around the world. In New Zealand, tertiary education it is a key driver of social and economic progress. The success of the tertiary education largely depends on the international education strategy as international students make a significant direct and indirect contribution to the economy. New Zealand’s international education strategy focuses on three areas: delivering quality education and student experience; achieving sustainable growth; and developing global citizens. Using survey data from three tertiary education providers (universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, and private tertiary establishments), this study explores the issues and challenges faced by international students in New Zealand. In addition, this study also provides insights on the challenges that academic and non-academic staff members face in the tertiary education sector. Our results suggest that some of the significant challenges that international students face are frequent changes in the immigration policies; home sickness; and limited job opportunities. On the other hand, academic staff members believe that workload and time management are the significant challenges while job security and changing expectations from employers are the key challenges for non-academic staff members. The findings of the study help policy makers to formulate educational policies in New Zealand.

The role of work experience in career development best practice

David Sharples
NZSEG Careers Advisor |
This research explores how meaningful work experience aids health students career development in the health sector. At NZSE College health students complete work experience as part of their programme of study, although this is an academic requirement it also provides a pathway into potential employment. If the research can establish a model of best practice for work experience delivery it may aid in the transition into relevant employment for students. My research from literature so far suggests there has been a reimagining of what career development best practice is across the world, with each country researching their approach. For example, in the UK the Gatsby Benchmarks have outlined 8 key areas of focus, with benchmark #6 being meaningful work experience. The Gatsby Benchmarks highlight the importance of work experience in career development and how work experience can add to the employability and career awareness of the individual.

Should Media works go ahead with the sale of NewsHub? Public perception on the decision

Neemal Nitesh Singh
NZSE College Student |
The television industry across the globe faces many challenges. With the growing demand for technology to be the centre of information sharing, social networking and entertainment, it is vital for the television companies and media organisations to adapt to newer ways of disseminating news and contents to its viewers. This research was conducted to capture data relating to the television industry in New Zealand in light of the announcement by Media Works in October 2019, one of the private owned media company in New Zealand, of the sale if its television company, Channel 3. The main aim was to see the views of the public on this announcement and whether Media Works should go ahead with the sale. The research was conducted through survey questionnaires given to a small group of people in the Hamilton city area. Data collected was then analysed to get a clear view of the public perception. The analysis revealed one of the major reasons for the challenges faced by the television industry in New Zealand, that is, most of the respondents do not watch television at all and prefer online view instead.

Top reasons why Kiwis working in SMEs switch job frequently

Sheena Joyce Palilo
NZSE College Student |
According to (Statistics New Zealand, 2012), New Zealand is a nation of job-hopping employees. This statement alone attracted the researchers to delve into the reason behind this statement. Since work-life balance is of significant importance in New Zealander’s lives (Flaws, 2019), the main purpose of this research is to identify if the working environment has a direct impact on the job satisfaction of the employees working for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in New Zealand.
This research was conducted using mixed research methodology. Both primary and secondary data were collected as a part of this research. convenience sampling to select research participants for this study. The researchers made use of an online survey to collect data and other information needed for this study. Although this research was conducted by using convenience sampling, the data collected can still be helpful and be used for a wider research in the future that focuses on the working environment.

What impact do flight delays have on passengers who travel by Air New Zealand

Anshu Ashana Prasad
NZSE College Student |
The research investigates the issue of flight delays caused by the Air New Zealand flights and the impact passengers face due to these delays. To better understand this issue, a survey was conducted with participants who have previously travelled with Air New Zealand to retrieve firsthand feedback from the travelling passengers themselves.
The research methods used was both qualitative and quantitative. Primary sources and secondary sources were used for data collection. The convenience sampling was adopted for this research.
The findings of this research suggest that a significant number of passengers have experienced flight delays with Air New Zealand, however, due to the brand and service they continue to travel with them. Future research could focus more on how the airline and its passengers can come to terms with situations like flight delays whereby both parties can be in a win-win position.

Childhood obesity in Manukau District Health Board region and the need for community engagement and new preventive intervention

Dr Sadia Faisal
NZSE College HOS Healthcare |
Childhood obesity is a serious problem and has taken the form of a worldwide epidemic. The number of children with increased weight and related complications are on the rise (OECD,2014).
In New Zealand childhood obesity is increasing everyday (MOH,2018; Kelly & Swinburn, 2015). New Zealand statistics show that the problem is greater for Maori and Pasifika children and those living in lower socioeconomic homes (Stats NZ, n.d.). Dramatic increases in prevalence of childhood obesity has resulted in increasingly urgent calls for strong and comprehensive prevention measures. It has been noted that risk factors for obesity are linked with irregularities in diet habits and limited physical exercise. Moreover, it is believed to be associated with cultural traditions and practices.

Leaders perceptions of leadership: Experience from practice

Neeraj Kumar
NZSE College IT and Business Tutor |
This research is about defining the modern-day leadership practices in the workplace and comparing them with existing models of leadership.
Many pioneers in the field of leadership have defined leadership in different ways. Peter Drucker defined leadership as the ability of leaders to have followers. This is the simplest definition in defining “what is leadership”. Many leaders defined leadership in their own words. After looking at the different definitions, it is concluded that leadership is defined by the traits or qualities that the leaders possess to create an influence. Now the question is how do leaders create influence?

Teaching and learning in the Covid era: Making achievement possible

Andrea Potts
NZSE College Online Tutor - ECE Level 4 |
With the implication that Covid-related learning loss and achievement gap is possibly widening, NZSE College ECE Level 4 has managed to prove the opposite and has witnessed steady success among its students. Effective online instruction strategies and innovative teaching approaches, combined with individual support provided to each student on the programme, eventuated in the majority of the students enrolled in the programme during the lockdown period being able to successfully complete their programme. This presentation will shed light on the best online teaching practices and share the key features of online instruction with all interested teaching professionals.

Analysing and Improving Round-Trip Time of Tactile Internet

Vaibhav Fanibhare
NZSE College IT Tutor |
The term “Tactile Internet” (TI) broadly refers to a communication network which delivers control, touch, and sensing or actuation information in real-time. The TI is an emerging area of research which is still in its infancy and facing many issues and challenges. Ensuring the ultra-low end-to-end delay or round-trip time (RTT) and ultra-high reliability required by TI are challenging. Specifically, the main problem that needs to be resolved and to realise the TI is encapsulated by “1ms challenge”. That means, the RTT in the TI system should be ‘1ms’ or below. Otherwise, the TI system would introduce motion sickness (lag) in latency-based TI applications.
This research aims to analyse and improve RTT in the TI system. This is achieved by adopting emerging technologies such as Fog Computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Multiple Access (MA) technique.

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