|dc.description.abstract||This thesis is divided into 3 chapters.
Chapter 1, titled General Introduction, is a chapter that familiarizes the reader with
the general subject matter of the thesis so that the content of Chapters 2 and 3 can be
understood in a clearer way. In addition, each chapter is preceded by an introductory
section called About this chapter, which apprises the reader about the nature of the
immediate content that follows.
The sections in Chapter 1 (General Introduction) are divided into sections and
subsections, from 1.1 to 1.6. The figures are numbered alphabetically - 1A, 1B, 1C, and
so forth. Chapter 3 also has an introductory section within, where the figures are
numbered similarly, from 3A, 3B… to 3J. Most figures used in the introduction
sections have been used under Creative Commons (CC) licences; where this is not the
case, permissions have been obtained from the respective holders of copyright.
Chapters 2 and 3 are data chapters that contain results of experiments performed.
The Results sections of Chapters 2 and 3 are divided into twelve sections each,
numbered from 2.1 to 2.12, and 3.1 to 3.12. The figures in these sections are
numbered after the corresponding sections; for example, Section 3.1 has Figure 3.1,
which comprises subfigures 3.1 A, B, C, D, and E; Section 3.2 has Figure 3.2,
comprising subfigures 3.2 A, B, C, D, and E.
Chapters 2 and 3 have a Discussion section that follows the Results section.
Materials and Methods are contained in a single section towards the end, and so are
After the third chapter ends there is a section Perspective, which ruminates on the
general theme of the subject matter and its broader implications.
The primary font used in the text is Georgia 12 pt. Figure legends are written in
Calibri (Body) 11 pt. to provide better contrast for readability. Similarly, figure and
reference labels within the text use Cambria (Headings) bold to be easily visible to
Numerical references are used throughout the document and listed at the end of the
thesis in the Vancouver (author-date) format.||en_US