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According to the Procedures for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees , supporting the Unisa Policy for Masters and Doctoral Degrees , the Library is not authorised to remove/update/replace your thesis/dissertation that was submitted by your supervisor once it has been uploaded to the Unisa Institutional Repository. Requests for removal should be submitted to the Vice Principal: Research, Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation or his or her delegated nominee. For more information, see the extractions from the Procedures below.
Copyright and Intellectual Property (Procedures for Masters’ and Doctoral Degrees Chapter 5.51-5.53) Although the copyright of Unisa theses and dissertations is vested with the student, the intellectual property rights belong to the University. After completion, the student grants the non-exclusive distribution rights to the University. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate may apply to be exempted from granting this copyright license. Such an application must be fully substantiated.
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The impact of electronic theses and dissertations: a study of the institutional repository of a university in South Africa
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Scientometrics volume 115 , pages 131–151 ( 2018 ) Cite this article
This paper investigates the academic and societal impacts of the engineering electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) at the North-West University. The citation counts obtained through Google Scholar (GS) and the altmetrics data obtained from Dspace on the North-West University institutional repository are used to determine these impacts. Further, the conversion rates of ETDs from an educational output into an academic research output are determined using data from GS and the North-West University institutional repository. The results show that the 612 theses and dissertations attracted 931 citations which translates to 1.52 citations per thesis on average. A total of 41.2% theses and dissertations received at least one citation and the conversion rate into academic research output was 16.8%. The conversion rates in the last 3 years that are part of this research is 27.3% which suggests an improvement. An average of 323 PDF views were received per thesis. The citation and PDF views data show that the Engineering ETDs have commendable academic and societal impacts. Nonetheless, the academic impacts show scant correlation with the societal impacts although some positive trends are noticeable when looking at the origin of PDF views and citations by country.
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- Urban tourism demand modelling : a City of Tshwane investigation Gotore, Medalto ( 2023-01 ) Previous studies on urban tourism in South Africa have mostly focused on the supply side. However, for there to be supply there has to be demand, so it is important that the demand side of urban tourism be understood. The ...
- Value realisation of data analytics to improve business intelligence in the manufacturing sector in the big data era Gondo, Garikayi Emmanuel ( 2023-05-02 ) Currently, the fourth industrial revolution is driven by cyber-physical systems through interconnected emerging technologies that produce a lot of information, referred to as the big data environment. However, extracting ...
- Curbing corruption in public procurement through effective public procurement policy in the public sector : a case study of the Western Cape Province Magakwe, Jack ( 2023-02 ) This study sought to address public procurement policy development and implementation to combat corruption. This study contends that developing and implementing public procurement policies are important to prevent corrupt ...
- An investigation on the role of food gardens to food security and community development in Thulamela Municipality Kwinda, Pfanani Charlotte ( 2023-07 ) This study was conducted in the Thulamela Municipality, Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study area is characterised by poverty-stricken rural households. A high proportion of households relied ...
- The experiences of pre-service teachers in implementing formative assessment : a case study of a South African university Khumalo, Primrose Ntombenhle ( 2023-09-26 ) The purpose of this study was to investigate pre-service teachers' experiences with formative assessment implementation during practice teaching. There are few studies that focused on Post Graduate Certificate in Education ...
- A leadership model to facilitate the implementation of recognition of prior learning in higher education institutions Israel, Shenall Vinesha ( 2023-05-16 ) Academic leaders in higher education institutions are vital in leading change to ensure the successful implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). However, change efforts postulated by RPL policies have failed ...
- Gender-based challenges of female teachers in the teaching of civil technology in selected secondary schools in Gauteng Province Ngakane, Herriata Mmaphake ( 2023-03-02 ) Civil Technology is a specialised Technology subject in the Further Education and Training Band focusing on the concepts and principles in the built environment and on the technological process. The subject requires teachers ...
- Experiences of educators in dealing with racial integration in desegregated public primary schools in Gauteng east district Dlamini, Andile ( 2022-11 ) Following the formal desegregation of schools since 1994, former White-only schools have since seen an influx of learners from previously disadvantaged communities, particularly those in Black townships. This situation ...
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- An altered flipped class pedagogy as intervention strategy to address passive learning in a teacher-centred classroom Pretorius, Lizélle ( 2023-04-23 ) The passive learning phenomenon has a pervasive presence in many classrooms around the world. More dangerously, however, is that it is reinforced by passive teaching approaches that have become synonymous with traditional ...
- A public law approach to health research in South Africa Maswanganyi, Jamwell Vuyisa ( 2022-03 ) The resolution of health research problems has over the years generally been guided by private law approaches, mainly under the laws of contract and delict. The dominance of private law approaches has mainly been evident ...
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- The challenges faced by statutory social workers in rendering foster care services to undocumented children Mapheto, Mabolotse Thabang ( 2023-09 ) Africa, there are several undocumented children who are found to in need of care and protection. Therefore, South Africa designed the Children’s Act no 38 of 2005 which seeks to ensure that the basic and the financial ...
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