Masters Dissertations

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The Masters Dissertations collection contains digital copies of AUT University masters dissertations deposited with the Library since 2007 and made available open access. From 2007 onwards, all dissertations for masters degrees awarded are required to be deposited in Tuwhera Open Theses & Dissertations unless subject to an embargo.

Dissertations submitted prior to 2007 are usually recorded in the AUT Library catalogue where the full text, if available, may be accessed with an AUT password. Other people should request an Interlibrary Loan through their library.


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    Creative Process and Thinking in Developing a Year Nine Design Thinking Resource
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Samaeli, Faamotu
    This dissertation is about my creative process and motivation in developing a teaching resource for a Year 9 Design Thinking course. It comprises three key components: • A Design Thinking Resource (as the creative work) • A Map (the exegesis) • A User Manual (to assist with how to read the exegesis) This approach to my exegesis is motivated by a desire to remain authentic to how I think and do things as an experienced teacher, design thinker, designer and artist. I express this personal approach in a way that is intentionally multifaceted and designed to be read in different ways. To help guide the reader through the exegesis, the user manual is meant to be read first, or at least referred to alongside. The exegesis ‘map’ is set up as an alternative to the traditional written exegesis, because it isn’t limited to expressing ideas in a linear way. The physical map is the preferred way of reading the exegesis to overcome the limitations of the computer screen. The format reflects the way I created the Design Thinking resource and what the resource is meant to do. Both the exegesis and the Design Thinking resource allow for multiple ways of reading and are meant to be visually rich, where images extend on what can be written beyond the parameters of the exegesis word count.
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    A Multiple Case Study Examining the Risk Factors Contributing to Amiodarone Infusion Related Phlebitis in a New Zealand Cardiac Care Centre
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Song, Tiqing
    Aim: This study aimed to investigate amiodarone infusion related phlebitis in a local cardiac centre in a large metropolitan hospital within Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand, focusing on assessing its incidence, identifying contributing factors, evaluating treatment practices and uncovering policy gaps. Background: In hospitals, amiodarone, a widely used antiarrhythmic drug, is mostly administered intravenously via peripheral catheters. However, the incidence of amiodarone infusion related phlebitis, which may lead to severe complications, still needs to be studied more in the context of New Zealand healthcare. Methods: Yin’s case analysis methodology was used to analyse two cases: a seven- year clinical audit from March 2016 to June 2023 in the local cardiac centre and four local policies. Cross case analysis examined the two cases using triangulation to determine the gaps between practice reality and policy and to discover how and why amiodarone infusions occur. Results: The incidence of amiodarone infusion related phlebitis was 8.4%. Contributing factors revealed that intravenous catheter locations were predominantly in the antecubital fossa (63%), and participants had a size 20 or larger cannula in situ (90%). There was a lack of use of the visual infusion phlebitis scores for assessment. Other findings revealed that 45% of phlebitis cases occurred during the amiodarone infusion, and 55% occurred after infusion. Seventy percent of the patients were seen by a doctor and 54% were charted oral antibiotics as treatment. Conclusion: To improve patient outcomes and align with best evidenced guidelines, it is recommended that local policies are updated to address the identified gaps. There is a need to promote nurses’ awareness of amiodarone related phlebitis prevention, especially in relation to which site and gauge cannula should be used, increasing assessment frequency and scoring to assess phlebitis severity. There is a need for monitoring post infusion, alternating warm and cold compresses and arranging timely medical reviews. Other recommendations include using dedicated IV cannulas and inline filters for continuous amiodarone infusions.
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    Poetry and Suffering of the Psyche: A Hermeneutic Literature Review of the Works of the Poet Yun Dong-ju
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Yoo, Elie Sinyoung
    In this dissertation, I explore the relationship between poetry as an art form and the human experience of psychological suffering through closely examining the works of Korean poet Yun Dong-ju. Many ancient cultures associate poetry with medicine and healing. In the modern world, poetry is recognised as a valuable tool for therapeutic purposes and is utilised by various mental health professions. A hermeneutic methodology guides the conduct of a nuanced hermeneutic literature review in which I focus on Yun Dong-ju's poetry, prose, and related literature discussing his life and work. Through this review, I explore various facets of poetry. The review reveals several functions of poetry in relation to Yun Dong-ju's psychological suffering. One significant function, referred to as 'personal myth,' involves the use of 'poetic language,' consisting of metaphors, analogies, and symbols. For Yun Dong-ju, poetry serves as a means to explore and construct his inner narrative about self. This process leads him to a deeper understanding of his internality, fostering psychological growth and a sense of healing. It seems that the construction of his own 'personal myth' nurtures the generation of meaning about his sufferings, enabling him to counter existential crises. Through this review, it is revealed that poetry can provide a safe container, enabling the expression and navigation of nuanced and subjective emotional realities linked to the excruciating sense of psychological suffering. The findings suggest that the core potency of poetry lies in the pursuit of meaning, even in the face of adversity and meaninglessness, and particularly in the context of individual psychological suffering. Furthermore, it is discovered that poetry has the potential to address collective trauma and promote collective healing, bridging divides within individuals with diverse cultural, historical, and ancestral backgrounds. The findings of this research reveal significant potentials for the use of poetry in the fields of psychotherapy and mental health, both for individual trauma and collective/intergenerational trauma within individuals. It is also implied that the effectiveness and potency of poetry in therapy may closely relate to the therapist’s subjectivity, temperament, value systems, and their alignment with the therapist’s creativity and artistic mode of being. Thus, the therapist’s own subjectivity can function as a poetic presence, even without the explicit use of poetry in therapy. Furthermore, poetry may help bridge cultural gaps in multicultural contexts, like Aotearoa New Zealand, by enabling nuanced understandings of individual emotions and fostering a sense of cultural safety. Overall, what is revealed is that for the practice of psychotherapy, poetry can facilitate nuanced emotional attunement between therapist and client.
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    The Impact of Women-Led Business on Wellbeing and Community Resilience in Fiji
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Savannah, Dantin
    This study explores the multifaceted impacts of women-led micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on wellbeing and community resilience within the unique cultural context of Fiji. The research is grounded in the Fijian Value Systems Framework (FVSF) ensuring a culturally appropriate approach to the study from inception to completion. The Talanoa Research Methodology (TRM) was employed for data collection, fostering open dialogues with five women business owners in Fiji through talanoa conducted virtually over video conference for flexibility. The findings of this study reveal a positive correlation between social capital, characterized by strong social networks, and various dimensions of wellbeing. It is evident that social capital is not only crucial for personal wellbeing but also closely tied to business success, illustrating the interdependence of the individual and entrepreneurial aspects of life. Moreover, the research underscores the pivotal role of wellbeing in enhancing adaptive capacities and community resilience to disasters. In the Fijian context, this research underscores the significance of reciprocal solesolevaki, a partnership ethos that extends to relationships with family, friends, employees, and the broader community. This relationship is found to be essential not only for business growth but in a community’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, highlighting the multifaceted factors of disaster risk reduction (DRR). Furthermore, the study emphasizes the cultural concept of bula sautu, or holistic wellbeing, as a unifying element that interconnects the various aspects of life, from individual health and economic success to community resilience. In Fiji, where tradition and modernity coexist, this research offers insights into how cultural values shape the dynamic relationship between women-led MSMEs, wellbeing, and community resilience in Fiji, ultimately providing valuable lessons for DRR practitioners, policymakers, business owners, and community members alike. Keywords: Fiji; disaster resilience; community resilience; solesolevaki; partnership; bula sautu; holistic wellbeing; micro, small, and medium enterprise; social capital.
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    Huangjiu or Chinese Yellow Wine: The Evolution of Traditional Huangjiu in Shaoxing
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Hui, Ka Fung Gavin
    Because huangjiu is uniquely linked to Chinese history, it holds a special place in modern China. Cognisant of that, and using secondary data analysis, my dissertation explores huangjiu’s traditional brewing and its contemporary practice, concentrating upon the huangjiu produced in Shaoxing, a city in China. The aim of my research was to explore how huangjiu from Shaoxing has changed over time. Key to that narrative have been Western technologies, commercialisation, and the positioning of huangjiu as the beverage most associated with China. In that way, huangjiu has a socio-political connotation that reflects the beverage’s socio-temporality. Consequently, my research reflects the wider consideration that vernacular items like huangjiu are dynamically constructed. In that sense, huangjiu is a metaphor signifying how many ancient and contemporary Chinese people have come to make sense of their world. My dissertation offers a unique insight into huangjiu, because many of my secondary sources are not available in the English language. Through their translation and addition to my research, this dissertation extends what is known about huangjiu within the Western academy in deep and meaningful ways.
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