Tang S.F.,Taylors University
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2017
Linking development activities to productivity is a management dilemma as higher education instructions and learning involving multiples dimensions is becoming more complex. Learning process has advanced from the foreordained and very organized learning exercises to self-coordinated and disclosure driven learning knowledge under the influence of changing industry patterns, globalization, innovation, and human desires. Recognizably, the characteristic and profile of academics in higher education is also evolving in light of bridging the gap between what is being instructed inside the classroom and what is being practiced in reality. Taylor's University, in response to these growing challenges, has developed a holistic approach in classifying academics based on their instructive foundation, teaching experience and teaching engagement result. The evaluation of the teaching engagement is based on an online assessment instrument, which is specifically developed for this purpose. The evaluation method helps academics to identify their development needs and aide the management in designing a comprehensive and focused academic staff professional development programme for continuous improvement.
Low B.-S.,Universiti Sains Malaysia |
Low B.-S.,Taylors University |
Das P.K.,Lam Wah Ee Hospital |
Chan K.-L.,Universiti Sains Malaysia
Phytotherapy Research | Year: 2014
The roots of Eurycoma longifolia Jack are popularly sought as herbal medicinal supplements to improve libido and general health amongst the local ethnic population. The major quassinoids of E. longifolia improved spermatogenesis and fertility but toxicity studies have not been well documented. The reproductive toxicity, two generation of foetus teratology and the up-and-down acute toxicity were investigated in Sprague-Dawley rats orally treated with quassinoid-rich E. longifolia extract (TAF273). The results showed that the median lethal dose (LD50) of TAF273 for female and male rats was 1293 and >2000mg/kg, respectively. Fertility index and litter size of the TAF273 treated were significantly increased when compared with those of the non-treated animals. The TAF273-treated dams decreased in percentage of pre-implantation loss, post-implantation loss and late resorption. No toxic symptoms were observed on the TAF273-treated pregnant female rats and their foetuses were normal. The no-observed adverse effect level (NOAEL) obtained from reproductive toxicity and teratology studies of TAF273 in rats was 100mg/kg body weight/day, being more than 10-fold lower than the LD50 value. Thus, any human dose derived from converting the rat doses of 100mg/kg and below may be considered as safe for further clinical studies. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Ping L.C.,Taylors University
MATEC Web of Conferences | Year: 2017
This paper studies the effect of curved antenna performance on Ultra Wideband (UWB) characteristics, particularly on impedance bandwidth. A UWB antenna is designed, after which is curved and conformed onto cylindrical radius of 150 mm, 120 mm, 90 mm and 60 mm. The motivation of the study is to study the effectiveness of the antenna to be conformed onto non-planar structure applications, particularly on cylindrical body of air or land vehicles. It is observed that the degradation which occurs when the antenna is curved still adheres to the UWB characteristic of more than 500 MHz bandwidth. A circuit model is developed to understand the physics behind the antenna structure when it is curved or bent. The discontinuity of the antenna structure during the curving effect could be explained with the alteration of capacitive loading of the antenna, which is related to the electrical field of the antenna. The curved antenna proves to be suitable for UWB application and the results of its performance according to the UWB characteristics are discussed in detail. © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017.
Sankar L.V.,Taylors University
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies | Year: 2013
This article examines the coverage in three Malaysian newspapers on an issue popularly known as the Allah issue. In 2009, the Catholic Church took the Malaysian government to court over the right to use the word Allah. In a landmark court decision, the Church was given the right to use the word Allah in the Catholic newsletter The Herald. However, this decision was appealed by the government, there was a stay order on the decision, and many protests took place over this issue.Editorials of three important English newspapers chosen for their popularity and different stances in writing were chosen to examine the manner in which this controversial issue was handled. The method employed in the analysis was Critical Discourse Analysis as used by van Dijk (2005). The Malaysian print media faces some challenges in the form of the Printing Presses and Publications Act, 1984 (PPPA). The Act requires print media to apply for their licenses annually and are subject to censorship by government authorities who can revoke their licenses if news items are seen as a threat to national security.Two print newspapers, one aligned to the government (The Star) and another private and independent one (The Sun) were chosen. The third is a web news portal which is relatively free from the PPPA and is therefore more vocal in its writing. The analysis shows that caution is exercised by the government affiliated paper, a more judicial approach is taken by the independent paper, and the web portal is very antigovernment in its stance. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Al-Atabi M.,Taylors University |
Deboer J.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technovation | Year: 2014
Entrepreneurship as a skill and process is increasingly being taught as a part of various university educational programmes. The literature is divided on the effectiveness of traditional methods to teach entrepreneurship. We consider the achievement of students learning outcomes in entrepreneurship course that is offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The results suggest that the MOOC is a suitable platform to teach entrepreneurship as it provide tools to enable students collaborative learning as well as improve individuals affective key entrepreneurial aspects such as such opportunity recognition and resource acquisition. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Hosseini Fouladi M.,Taylors University |
Ayub M.,National University of Malaysia |
Jailani Mohd Nor M.,National University of Malaysia
Applied Acoustics | Year: 2011
Coir fiber from coconut husk is an important agricultural waste in Malaysia. Acoustic absorption coefficient of the fiber as a porous material is studied in this paper. Two types of fiber are investigated, fresh from wet market and industrial prepared mixed with binder. Moreover two analytical models, namely; Delany-Bazley and Biot-Allard are used for analysis. Experimental measurements in impedance tube are conducted to validate the analytical outcomes. Results show that fresh coir fiber has an average absorption coefficient of 0.8 at f > 1360 Hz and 20 mm thickness. Increasing the thickness is improved the sound absorption in lower frequencies, having the same average at f > 578 Hz and 45 mm thickness. Delany-Bazley technique can be used for both types of fiber while Biot-Allard method is compensated for the industrial prepared fiber considering the binder additive. This form generally shows poor acoustical absorption in low frequencies. Inevitably, fiber has to be mixed with additives in commercial use to enhance its characteristics such as stiffness, unti-fungus and flammability. Hence other approaches such as adding air gap or perforated plate should be used to improve the acoustical properties of industrial treated coir fiber. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Wong R.S.Y.,International Medical University |
Wong R.S.Y.,Taylors University |
Radhakrishnan A.K.,International Medical University
Nutrition Reviews | Year: 2012
The vitamin E family consists of eight isomers known as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienols. Numerous studies focused on the health benefits of these isomers have been performed since the discovery of vitamin E in 1922. Recent discoveries on the potential therapeutic applications of tocotrienols have revolutionized vitamin E research. Nevertheless, despite the abundance of literature, only 1% of vitamin E research has been conducted on tocotrienols. Many new advances suggest that the use of tocotrienols for health improvement or therapeutic purposes is promising. Although the mechanisms of action of tocotrienols in certain disease conditions have been explored, more detailed investigations into the fundamentals of the health-promoting effects of these molecules must be elucidated before they can be recommended for health improvement or for the treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, many of the studies on the effects of tocotrienols have been carried out using cell lines and animal models. The effects in humans must be well established before tocotrienols are used as therapeutic agents in various disease conditions, hence the need for more evidence-based human clinical trials. © 2012 International Life Sciences Institute.
Ming L.J.,Taylors University |
Yin A.C.Y.,Taylors University
Natural Product Communications | Year: 2013
Glycyrrhizic acid (GA), belonging to a class of triterpenes, is a conjugate of two molecules, namely glucuronic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid. It is naturally extracted from the roots of licorice plants. With its more common uses in the confectionery and cosmetics industry, GA extends its applications as a herbal medicine for a wide range of ailments. At low appropriate doses, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-tumor, antimicrobial and anti-viral properties have been reported by researchers worldwide. This review summarizes the effects of GA on metabolic syndrome, tumorigenesis, microbes and viruses, oxidative stress, and inflammation, as well as the reported side effects of the drug.
Al-Atabi M.,Taylors University
Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2011
Mixing is an important process in various industries. Different designs have been suggested in order to reduce the local shear rates in mechanically stirred mixing vessels, also known as continuously stirred tank reactors, in order to account for the mixing requirements for sensitive materials such as biological materials and biofluids where the high shear rate may damage the sensitive materials. This paper reports on the development of a continuously stirred tank reactor that can be used to achieve a variety of mixing assignments. This mixing is achieved using synthetic jets. The mixing performance was assessed using flow visualization techniques. The effects of fluid viscosity on mixing time were investigated. The results are very encouraging and are suggestive that the use of synthetic jets in mixing is a viable alternative to the conventional methods of mixing in vessels. © 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Yie L.W.,Taylors University |
Ming J.C.T.,Taylors University
International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems | Year: 2014
Sleep apnea is a growing sleep disorder issue and estimate to affect 7% of the adult population in Malaysia. In this study, the electrical activity of the brain is studied using Electroencephalogram (EEG). The data obtained was then decomposed using three methods; Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), Bivariate EMD and finally Ensemble EMD. The Index of Orthogonatility (IO) was obtained which shows EMD performed the most poorly, EEMD the best and Bivariate in between. The performance of EMD greatly improves when the number of samples was greatly decreased and very high peaks and more complex parts of the signal were excluded in the analysis. Segmentation was also conducted and the segmentation error revealed when an Event Related Potential (ERP) has happened which is when apnea occurred.