Sultan Idris University of Education
Perak, Malaysia

Sultan Idris University of Education is a public university in the town of Tanjung Malim, Perak in Malaysia. First established in 1922 as a teachers college, it is one of the oldest functioning institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. Wikipedia.

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Habidin N.F.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research | Year: 2017

Objective: The objective of this study was to identify lean healthcare management system (LHMS) constructs and to develop model to test the validity (exploratory [EFA] and confirmatory factor analysis [CFA]) of LHMS constructs for Malaysian healthcare industry. Methods: Data were obtained from 238 healthcare managements in Malaysian healthcare industry. This report presents the results of the EFA, reliability analysis, and CFA which are empirically verified. Results: A set of assessment measurement of LHMS constructs is expected to be suitable for characteristics and improves the competitiveness. The result shows that eight constructs of LHMS are acceptable in this study. Conclusion: This research specifies a study which is based on the LHMS measurement includes leadership, employee involvement, organizational culture, customer focus, technological innovation, process innovation, managerial innovation, and healthcare performance. This study provides fundamental knowledge and direction for researchers in further research as well as practitioners to constantly improve performance through the implementation of LHMS. © 2017 The Authors.

Nordin N.A.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Advanced Science Letters | Year: 2017

This research explores the relation between inspirations from biomorphic concept that can be generated to enhance student design creativity and developed idea generation. However, there are numerous studies that shows a lot of students lack of understanding of the design process by applying nature as an inspiration to generate novelty of creative idea. The study of cognitive style in design process also can be carried out to assess the impact of biomorphic to develop a new form and concept of design. However, researcher face challenges to integrate principle of design into Biomorphic form development which are often too broad to be implemented in design process. As such, this conceptual paper tries to discuss the potential of biomorphic analogical approach and understanding the cognitive in early stage of design which can help students to define design solution and design requirement. © 2017 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

Singh C.K.S.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Advanced Science Letters | Year: 2017

The classroom culture is very much related to the positive outcomes for students’ learning. The teachers are not only committed to their teaching, learning and assessment but they are also accountable for exposing learners to be able to assess their own learning. This study reports the ESL learners’ involvement with self-assessment and the benefits that they gained in terms of their academic achievement and learning in the classroom. A qualitative case study was conducted in a selected secondary school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Three ESL teachers and their students in the selected school took part in this study. To collect data, each teacher‘s classroom was observed five times. Then, interviews were conducted with the teachers observed and focus group discussions were also carried out with six students from each observed classroom. Data collected through both techniques were transcribed and analyzed manually. Constant Comparison Method was used to develop the themes of the study. The results suggested that self-assessment can be helpful for ESL learners’ to attain academic goals. Findings from this study recommend that learners need to be taught the skills of self-assessment in order for them to have an understanding of the assessment process. The results have clear implications for assessment, and the teaching and learning of second language learning. © 2017 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

Johnson W.A.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Malaysian Music Journal | Year: 2017

Sedap Cycle is a composition inspired by the author's interaction with Malaysian cuisine. The culture surrounding each meal, the food's components and author's background and experience with the food inspired the musical output. The music is drawn from music connected to a food's culture and the interpretation of tastes as musical characteristics. The creation of the music used some quantitative methods to survey Malaysians about which local foods are well-known, but largely several categories of qualitative methods to create the music, such as practice-based, practice-led and autoethnographic research. The result is a six-movement composition based on six meals in a day (four main meals and two 'teas') with each major movement containing a title of well-known Malaysian food ('Nasi Lemak', 'Nasi Campur', 'Char Kuey Teow' and 'Roti Canai'). This piece combines Western classical and avant garde styles with traditional and popular Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and American music. While a new musical work is the primary goal, other goals include the creation of a musical form inspired by Malaysia that composers could use and the ability to relate concepts of music and composition in the Western idiom to Malaysian composers, performers and educators.

Ariffin S.A.,Sultan Idris University of Education
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2017

Mobile learning is an emerging approach in Asian countries, particularly in the local context, such as the Malaysian universities. This research adds the perspectives of users' experiences to the mobile learning regarding potentials in the study of local culture. The motivation for this research is the limited users' voices - students for mobile learning - particularly, their own experiences in learning local cultural studies and the associated potentials. The aim of this study is to investigate if user experience has any mobile learning potentials to assist users in studying local culture. To find in-depth meaning, this research garnered the data from focus group discussions with students. The data were then analyzed using thematic analysis. This research indicates the students' interest in mobile learning demonstrated on the students' perspectives: The desired mobile applications paradigm and usability design concerns.

Balakrishnan B.,Sultan Idris University of Education | Woods P.C.,Multimedia University
European Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2013

Over the years, rapid development in computer technology has engendered simulation-based laboratory (lab) in addition to the traditional hands-on (physical) lab. Many higher education institutions adopt simulation lab, replacing some existing physical lab experiments. The creation of new systems for conducting engineering lab activities has raised concerns among educators on the merits and shortcomings of both physical and simulation labs; at the same time, many arguments have been raised on the differences of both labs. Investigating the effectiveness of both labs is complicated, as there are multiple factors that should be considered. In view of this challenge, a study on students' perspectives on their experience related to key aspects on engineering laboratory exercise was conducted. In this study, the Visual Auditory Read and Kinetic model was utilised to measure the students' cognitive styles. The investigation was done through a survey among participants from Multimedia University, Malaysia. The findings revealed that there are significant differences for most of the aspects in physical and simulation labs. © 2013 Copyright SEFI.

Wahid N.B.A.,National University of Malaysia | Wahid N.B.A.,Sultan Idris University of Education | Latif M.T.,National University of Malaysia | Suratman S.,University of Malaysia, Terengganu
Chemosphere | Year: 2013

This study was conducted to determine the composition and source apportionment of surfactant in atmospheric aerosols around urban and semi-urban areas in Malaysia based on ionic compositions. Colorimetric analysis was undertaken to determine the concentrations of anionic surfactants as Methylene Blue Active Substances (MBAS) and cationic surfactants as Disulphine Blue Active Substances (DBAS) using a UV spectrophotometer. Ionic compositions were determined using ion chromatography for cations (Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+) and anions (F-, Cl-, NO3-, SO42-). Principle component analysis (PCA) combined with multiple linear regression (MLR) were used to identify the source apportionment of MBAS and DBAS. Results indicated that the concentrations of surfactants at both sampling sites were dominated by MBAS rather than DBAS especially in fine mode aerosols during the southwest monsoon. Three main sources of surfactants were identified from PCA-MLR analysis for MBAS in fine mode samples particularly in Kuala Lumpur, dominated by motor vehicles, followed by soil/road dust and sea spray. Besides, for MBAS in coarse mode, biomass burning/sea spray were the dominant source followed by motor vehicles/road dust and building material. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Bin Haji Sidek S.F.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Proceedings 2010 International Symposium on Information Technology - System Development and Application and Knowledge Society, ITSim'10 | Year: 2010

This research has outlined 2 objectives: to develop a personal Short Messaging Service (SMS) server that is easy to manage by school IT teacher and to develop an SMS application system which is cost effective and does not tied up to the SMS Gateway Service Provider. The Rational Unified Process (RUP) methodology is implemented in this research where the researcher could iteratively do the system development during each phase. The literature review shows most of the Content Delivery SMS services used by people nowadays are rely on the commercial system developer and the SMS Gateway Provider which provides the expensive 5 digits unique number. But the SMS application system developed through this research only need minimum development and maintenance cost and suitable to be used in the school environment. The product of this research is the SMS application system that can avoid the reliance of the Content Delivery SMS application of the student examination result to the SMS Gateway Provider and the commercial SMS application developer. This system can be managed totally by school staff via selected telco without involving the third party as a SMS Gateway Provider as well as the commercial SMS application developer. This system also can be expanded to be another SMS application that is suitable to be implemented in school only by creating tables in the database that has been provided and develop some simple user interface. © 2010 IEEE.

Habidin N.F.,Sultan Idris University of Education | Yusof S.M.,University of Technology Malaysia
International Journal of Automotive Technology | Year: 2012

In the globalization era, lean initiatives and environmental management systems are increasingly implemented in the automotive industry. The aim of this report is to investigate and perform structural analysis of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and Organizational Performance (OP). Data were obtained from 252 top management leaders in the Malaysian automotive industry. This report presents the results of the Exploratory Factor Analyses (EFA), Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), and reliability analysis, which are empirically verified and validated. A set of assessment measurements of LSS and OP is expected to be suitable for their characteristics and improve their competitiveness. Thus, the main objective of the analysis was to provide additional insight into the relationship between LSS and OP by examining the effects of ISO 14001 certification as a moderator. The results indicate that ISO 14001 certification does not significantly moderate the relationship between LSS and OP in the Malaysian automotive industry. However, the OP values for ISO 14001 certified companies are higher than those without ISO 14001 certification. © 2012 The Korean Society of Automotive Engineers and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Gan P.-T.,Sultan Idris University of Education
Computational Economics | Year: 2014

A noteworthy characteristic of empirical studies on the economic uncertainty index is that very few published papers depend on normative analysis. Therefore, normative analysis cannot be used to refute the precision of the economic uncertainty index; the lack of precision is simply the outcome of a misspecification of a commonly used model and a complex data collection process. To overcome this shortcoming, this paper uses the optimal form of the economic uncertainty index and determines its empirical validity based on a sample of 7 countries, including 3 developed and 4 developing countries. Using a grid search optimization procedure, the findings provide some policy implications; the optimal economic uncertainty index can characterize the uncertainty level of macroeconomic conditions and serve as a guiding policy tool for improving uncertainty levels in macroeconomic conditions. The estimated response function of the optimal economic uncertainty index suggests that the exchange rate, inflation, interest rate and output are useful indicators for central banks' decision-making and that the optimal index supports the prediction of economic uncertainty. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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