MMTI Theses and Dissertations (2017)

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    A Mobile based solution for locating campsites and providing camping information in Kenya
    (Strathmore University, 2017) Ouma, Leonard Kore
    The tourism industry in Kenya and many African countries has been a key contributor to the national economy surpassing other key sectors such as mining, construction and agriculture. Camping is one of the major tourism activities in Kenya that domestic and international tourists engage in. This sector has been overshadowed and neglected by other tourism activities such as beaches and wildlife yet it is a major contributor to the economy. The major cause of this neglect is lack of a reliable platform where campers can easily access camping information and locate their preferred camping sites. A mobile solution iCamp Kenya was implemented to provide campers with a platform to locate camps in Kenya and get reliable camping information such as accommodation prices, highly rated camps, useful camping tips while planning a trip, transp01t options, directions to the camp and contact information. Quantitative research methods such as questionnaires were used to test the implemented system and collect primary data. The sample size for this population was 136 Vagabond Travels club members. The findings of the research show that users found the application was fully functional and easy to use. They were able to find their desired camps easily and were satisfied with the useful information that assisted them in planning their camping trip. Users also made a few recommendations that improved the features application. The potential for success and growth for the research project is very high due to the rapid growth of mobile phone usage in Kenya, the ever-growing tourism industry in Kenya supp01ted by domestic and international tourists and finally the encouraging adoption of mobile platforms by majority of the business owners in the tourism sector.
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    Smart education: an event framework for cognitive blended learning
    (Strathmore University, 2017) Karumba, Samuel Maina
    Digital learning has increasingly been adopted around the world, evidenced by large scale deployment of online learning platforms. More specifically, the use of hand held devices such as mobile phones and tablets has disrupted learning as we traditionally knew it. Blended learning,which extends classroom learning with computer mediated learning, is increasingly being adopted by education systems around the world. However, the two (blended learning and traditional classroom learning) have not been well integrated. For example, there is limited or no information sharing between digital learning mostly carried out by an automated tutor and the traditional classroom conducted by a human instructor. This leads to fragmentation in the overall teaching and learning experience.Existing blended learning platforms have tried to address this issue by focusing on performance management. This approach ignores the bigger challenge in public and private schools: the large number of students to teacher and the inability to offer personalised learning that is essential for students to excel academically. Understanding how personalized technical interventions can be designed requires understanding of where issues intersects. We present the overall architecture and design of event framework. The first version supporting a core set of capabilities for blended learning has been implemented as mobile applications for teachers and students. We conducted a limited pilot to test the technology in an actual classroom setting. We also report on a usability study of the event framework that demonstrates user awareness and support for data-driven cognitive decision-making in education.
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    A Mobile phone solution for systematically identifying and reporting unqualified practitioners in healthcare, Kenya
    (Strathmore University, 2017) Aradi, Doreen Viduya
    Effective observation and reporting of unqualified health practice demands timely identification and dissemination of information to bodies responsible for licensing , regulation and certification of health care practitioners to warrant necessary action in case of any malpractices. Tools used to identify and report existence of unqualified practitioners and unregulated health facility determine the level of efficiency and effectiveness of the exercise .Traditional way of reporting incidences of unqualified practitioners through the media and crack downs done by the Medical Board reporting procedures compromise on completeness, timeliness and correctness of information. This scenario creates unprecedented opportunities whereby the researcher can use to improve the current way of identifying and reporting unqualified practice in health care. A mobile application was developed to offer an interactive menu where users search for qualified practitioners and report unlicensed doctors and health facilities on their mobile devices. Agile methodology was adopted as the software methodology for developing the application. Tru-Daktari, a mobile application was developed as a tool to offer an interactive menu where users can search for health practitioners and registered health clinics and report unregistered health practitioners through the application installed on their mobile phones. The proposed solution was developed on Android platform. It was developed concurrently with a web application developed in PHP. The testing of the application was successful and it was strongly agreed by the respondents that the system would be effective in solving the existing problem. The recommendations made by users were used to improve the application. Based on the overall statistics of user testing and evaluation it is safe to say that the application fulfils its usability and functionality requirement. Based on the questionnaire responses, the application is generally considered easy to use and understand. The implication of the results of application testing is that the application will come in handy in reporting unqualified practice in health care thus leading to quality health care.
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    A Model for aircraft recovery problem
    (Strathmore University, 2017) Khajira, Anthony Bukhalana
    In the airline industry, a myriad of uncertain events take place that lead to the disruption of original flight schedules. Such events include mechanical failure, technical challenges, weather changes, airport and crew related issues. Airlines therefore need a robust, dynamic way of recovering their schedules during disruptions in order to remain profitable. In recovery scenarios, aircraft recovery is given the highest priority since aircraft are the scarcest and most utilised resources in the airline. A mathematical model for airline schedule recovery that recovers aircrafts was presented in this study. The model is based on defining a recovery scope once a fleet of aircraft has been disrupted. The model examines the possibility of delaying the flights for a short period, reassigning aircraft, ferrying aircraft and also cancelling flights. The objective of the model is to minimise costs associated with assigning a different aircraft to the disrupted flight leg, delay costs, cancellation costs for business class passengers, cancellation costs for economy class passengers and ground costs. This study uses real time data from Kenya Airways to test the proposed model. A decision support system was then developed and deployed to the Integrated Operations Control Centre in Kenya Airways for use by the duty managers to come up with optimal solutions with the least cost implications to the airline.
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    A Noticeboard application using context aware services
    (Strathmore University, 2017) Masinde, Eugene Odanga
    The dissemination of information on campuses using noticeboards is both inefficient and ineffective due to the static, unreliable and limiting nature of the boards. This implies that people who need to post information for consumption by the public are constrained in terms of reach, poor feedback mechanisms and a general lack of security. Posts can be tampered with by malicious people or even removed by competitors. Due to their fixed nature, noticeboards also do not cater for context, meaning that a lot of posts are consumed outside of their actionable spaces, meaning that people might never get a chance to act on them. There is therefore a need for a smart noticeboard system using the power of context aware services that allows for notices to be sent directly to user’s devices only when they are in the correct context. The aim of this research is to develop a noticeboard application that uses the power of context aware services. With such a solution, students are able to receive notices through an application when they are in the correct and most effective context and be in a better position to react or act on them accordingly. They are also able to save notifications on their mobile devices for later use or sharing. The solution therefore supports the communications departments by providing an easy, paperless way to setup notices and to track interactions with each post. The proposed system is developed and tested on the Android platform coupled with an analytical backend for post manipulation and presenting summaries analytical data for the communication department. Object Oriented Analysis and Agile development methodologies were applied to develop a robust and dynamic, context aware noticeboard system. The final prototype was tested to ensure that the requirements were met by the developer and the potential users. Tests included functional testing and usability testing.