Dissertations, Theses and Projects

The collection contains graduate dissertations, theses, project reports and practicum papers. The collection contains most published works from 1994 to mid 2015. Missing works are currently being digitized.


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 A review of health care delivery for aboriginal people in Canada with recommendations for improving health outcomes
Contributors:
Lisa Tabobondung (author), Steven Cronshaw (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Management (Degree granting institution)
Abstract:
The purpose of this research project is to examine and discuss the inadequate delivery of health care to Aboriginal people in Canada. This paper will utilize Aboriginal health research literature and health data to examine Aboriginal health status, and the mechanism of health care delivery for Aboriginal people. Factors such as differing perspectives about health, the power imbalance within the health system, language and culture barriers, and relationship development will be discussed. Recommendations to improve health outcomes will be presented. --P. 2.
 A strategic analysis of factors affecting the establishment of wood charcoal production in central British Columbia
Contributors:
Cameron Simpson (author), Elizabeth Croft (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Management (Degree granting institution)
Abstract:
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has resulted in considerable volume of wood fibre becoming available in the province of British Columbia. The epidemic, combined with the provincial downturn in the forest industry, has encouraged steps to diversify the forestry-based economy of the central interior of British Columbia. Through a review of available literature supplemented with information obtained through the author's employment, global charcoal production and consumption was explored to determine the opportunities and challenges that exist for the production of charcoal from various wood fibre sources. Challenges and opportunities include the availability of biomass feedstocks, domestic market demand, production technology, and funding. It is recommended to investigate further the use of portable pyrolysis technology for access to fibre in remote locations. However, further work is required to examine the overall economics of accessing the fibre and production operations. --P. ii.
 Concerns of French immersion parents in supporting their children's learning at home
Contributors:
Belinda Grace Harrison (author), Paul Madak (Thesis advisor), Colin Chasteauneuf (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (Degree granting institution)
 Effects of primary prevention on early childhood caries in Canadian First Nations children ages 0-4 years
Contributors:
Shirley Nixon (author), Heather Correale (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (Degree granting institution)
Abstract:
Early childhood caries (ECC) in Canadian First Nations (FN) children is at disproportionately high levels compared to the national average. Current literature suggests a paradigm shift in approach to the causes and management of ECC can significantly decrease these levels. The purpose of this paper is to critically analyze the question 'For Canadian First Nations children, ages 0-4, could the introduction of primary disease prevention and self management reduce levels of ECC compared with the present model of care?'
 Small to medium private enterprise: aligning shareholder, director and manager interests
Contributors:
Duane Maki (author), Elizabeth Croft (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Management (Degree granting institution)
Abstract:
Research into the corporate governance practices of small to medium sized private enterprises has been limited, as most of the current literature has focused on larger public corporations. Spectrum Resource Group Inc. (Spectrum) was utilized as the partner company in conducting this research, analysis and recommendations. The research focused on family, private, small to medium sized enterprises and employee owned companies to act as a foundation to analyze and compare to Spectrum's existing structure. This project focuses on the shareholder, director, manager relationships and the associated agency issues and costs. Furthermore, the project focuses on aligning appropriate incentives for different management levels considering both owner-managers and non-owner managers. Lastly, this research results in recommendations about the appropriate size, context and scope of board structures and director alignment. Overall it was found that incentives need to correspond to the type of job that is performed smaller boards have significant advantageous over larger boards, and finally, that the positions of shareholder, director and manager need to be clearly delineated. --P. ii.
 The effect of deregulation of natural gas on the transmission sector: Westcoast (Duke) Energy case study
Contributors:
Shelley Rennick (author), Douglas Baker (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (Degree granting institution)
 You can't fix what you don't see: a case study of unprofessional behaviour in the workplace
Contributors:
Suzanne LeBlanc (author), Rick Tallman (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Management (Degree granting institution)
Abstract:
The purpose of the project is to conduct an audit of unprofessional behaviour experienced by University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association members (professors, librarians, senior laboratory instructors and term instructors). The project explores how much, what kinds, and from whom, individuals experience different types of unprofessional behaviours. When asked if they felt that unprofessional behaviour, in general, was a problem at the university, almost half (49%) of respondents said yes. Forty-three percent said no (9% did not answer). One fifth (20%) believed that the problem was getting worse, while 43% felt that the level of unprofessional behaviour was about the same as it was the previous year. The results indicate that the majority of members have experienced one or more types of unprofessional behaviours in the past year. Most members tried to address an incident using a range of strategies from ignoring the behaviour to filing formal grievances. An important finding is that three quarters (73%) of individuals felt that the strategies they had employed had not been effective. Using results from a survey, interviews, and best practice literature, the project makes recommendations to help address unprofessional behaviour in the workplace. The recommendations includes both formal (rules and policies) and informal (communication skills, awareness building) strategies. As a starting point, this project is the first step in building awareness of the issue of unprofessional behaviour in the UNBC workplace.
"'How should I eat these?' With your mouth, asshole": First Nations women's literature responds to colonial discourse.
Contributors:
Jennifer Payson (author), Dee Horne (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Degree granting institution)
"A little bit of weight is taken off":  A phenomenological study of Celtic folk dance as a stress management strategy for women in midlife.
Contributors:
Carol Ethel Usher (author), Barbara Herringer (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (Degree granting institution)
"A tortuous history": Federal-provincial relations and the future of Medicare.
Contributors:
Karen Andrews (author), Jonathan Swainger (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Degree granting institution)
"All the elements of a permanent community":  A history of society, culture and entertainment in the Cariboo.
Contributors:
Melanie Anne Buddle (author), Robin Fisher (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Degree granting institution)
"Almost fond of the damned town":  Women's concepts of community in Mackenzie, British Columbia.
Contributors:
Melinda Worfolk (author), Joanne Fiske (Thesis advisor), University of Northern British Columbia Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Degree granting institution)

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