Journal

Approaches to affordable and sustainable housing

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mahbubur Rahman

Abstract

Squatter settlements provide housing to 30-70% of the urban population in many developing countries. They have grown enormous due to widespread poverty and inadequate housing finance and land development systems. Governments mostly assisted by the international aid agencies have improved environment, tenure security, income and resources in many settlements.

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Language learning motivation: what's on a student's mind when learning English language

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Tahreen Ahmed

Abstract

This paper explores students' language learning motivation and the factors that motivate and demotivate them in English learning at BRAC University. A total of 124 ENG-091 students were surveyed in summer 2009 and asked about their reasons for learning English, whether they felt motivated in attending their classes and the factors that motivate and demotivate them.


Combined effects of radiation and heat generation on MHD natural convection flow along a vertical flat plate in presence of heat conduction

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mohammad Mokaddes Ali
Rowsanara Akhter

Abstract

Study of the effects of radiation and heat generation on MHD natural convection flow of an incompressible viscous electrically conducting fluid along a vertically placed flat plate in presence of heat conduction is considered. The governing equations of the flow are transformed into dimensionless from with appropriate transformations and then solved using the implicit finite difference method with Keller-Box scheme.


Evaluation of different temporal disaggregation techniques and an application to Italian GDP

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mohammad Rafiqul Islam

Abstract

In this paper temporally disaggregation is conducted through regression-based models, namely by Chow-Lin (1971) and Fernandez (1981). The disaggregation is carried out using four GDP series of Italy, collecting data from ISTAT (Statistical office of Italy). We evaluated disaggregating capacity as well as forecasting ability about the future series by different simulation techniques.


Professional English language course with content

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Samina Nasrin Chowdhury

Abstract

This paper offers a critical examination of a content-based professional EFL course, designed by centre for Languages (CFL), BRAC University in Bangladesh with the objectives of improving students’ language skills, content knowledge and professional attitude. How content-based instruction (CBI) develops students’ language and cognitive learning are analyzed in Bangladesh EFL context with literature review.


Computational fluid dynamics study of flow behaviour inmembrane module with multiple filaments

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Sharmina Hussain

Abstract

Membrane separation technology has added a new dimension in modern separation technology. The recent novel development in membrane process have made it possible to use various different purposes at economical rates with additional flexibility and improved efficiencies. Feed spacers can provide higher shearrates at the membrane surface. As a result concentration polarization and membrane fouling can be reduced.


Greenfield vs Acquisitions: determinants of choice in emerging economies

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Shawkat Kamal

Abstract

This paper aims at finding determinants of entry mode choices for MNCs that enter emerging economy nations as wholly owned subsidiaries. Existing literature suggests that this area of international business literature is relatively understudied and reasons for conducting more research exist. In this paper, i test three hypotheses using a logistic regression model.


Higher education in private universities of Bangladesh: A study on female students' enrollment behavior

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Rezwanul Huque Khan
Ali Haider Al Mamun Mridha
Suborna Barua

Abstract

This paper investigates the enrollment behavior of the female students of private universities in Bangladesh. By collecting data from a sample of 900 female students of twelve private universities classified into two strata, researchers conducted reliability test, descriptive analysis, chi-square and ANOVA tests and identified a number of key findings as to the enrollment behavior of female students.


Rationalities of Z-category shares in Dhaka stock exchange: are they in financial distress risk?

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Anup Chowdhury
Suborna Barua

Abstract

Financial distress is a situation where a firm’s operating cash flows are not sufficient to satisfy current obligations and the firm is forced to take corrective actions, and a firm in financial distress may also face bankruptcy or liquidation to meet its liabilities. Financial distress can be caused by losses, dividend reduction or bankruptcy. A good way to measure the possibility of bankruptcy is to use Z score model (Altman, 1968).


Peer correction in ESL classrooms

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Asifa Sultana

Abstract

Like in any other learning situation, in a second language classroom a learner essentially needs to be provided with feedback on his/her performance. Due to the emergence of Communicative Language Teaching and Learner-centered Teaching, students’ active participation in language learning is now highly sought and therefore, peer correction is becoming increasingly popular among the practitioners.


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