Candidates applying for the master’s programme in textile engineering at the University of Borås can now take a digital test to assess their suitability and readiness for the programme prior to applying.
The test module was developed by leading academic’s Anders Persson and Behnaz Baghaei, from the University Borås in collaboration with University of Borås, Sweden, University of the Highlands and Islands, Great Britain, University Alcala de Henares, Spain and Digital Connextions Limited. This highly innovative project was graciously funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.
The test module and AToM platform have been developed for individuals who are considering applying to the master’s programme in textile engineering at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås. Programme coordinator Anders Persson said; “The purpose of the test is to give the prospective student the opportunity to make an assessment of their knowledge and skills in textile engineering. We have assumed the admission requirements for the master’s programme in textile engineering and added some important skills from the syllabus of our bachelor’s programme. In this way, we hope that the students admitted to the master’s programme become aware of what is expected of them.”
In the web-based test, when the applicants have signed up with their e-mail address, they get to take a stand on six statements about their skills and abilities in twelve different categories.
“The results are presented in the form of a radar chart and are compared to our estimation of what prospective master’s students need in their toolbox in order to succeed in the programme. In the radar chart the applicant can see any differences in expectations.”
The textile engineering test consists of 12 different categories of questions:
- Mathematics: Arithmetic, analysis, geometry, and linear algebra
- Mathematics: Mathematical statistics
- Organic chemistry
- Textile chemistry
- Material science: Fibre technology
- Material science: Polymer technology
- Textile production methods: Weaving
- Textile production methods: Knitting technology
- Clothing technology
- Textile value chains and sustainable development
- Engineering skills, product development, and problem shooting
- Scientific communication
Applicants who have assessed their abilities lower than the university’s expectations receive a link to interactive resources. Each resource has been developed or specifically chosen by the Academic partners to provide candidates with self training to improve their knowledge or skills in that particular ability.
The candidate can then re-take the test and join a closed Facebook group, where they can receive peer support about the test and the self-study resources. The self-study modules can also be used in the bachelor’s programme and for exchange students. The test itself is anonymous, but in order to sign up you need to leave a valid e-mail address. Candidates will not be requested to submit any other personal details in the test.
Anders Persson commented; “As the programme coordinator, I hope this test gives us better prepared students as well as an increased interest in the master’s programme”.