Test for academic literacy for postgraduate students (TALPS) improves quality of the PhD programme
The selection process of prospective students for the PhD programme at the NWU PBS was recently reviewed and a test for academic literacy for postgraduate students (TALPS) was introduced.
Prospective students’ writing and learning skills are scientifically determined by means of the TALPS test.
TALPS is used in the first instance to determine whether students find themselves at risk as a result of too low a level of academic literacy. Should that be the case, such students may be advised to put plans into place to help develop their ability to handle academic discourse more competently.
The demands for doctoral studies are increasing and the applications for the doctoral programme at the NWU PBS has increased by 50% compared to the previous year.
For 2014, there are 16 registered PhD students in the programme.
“We are looking forward to a full and busy year. Considering the titles of the proposals that have already been received, 2014 will definitely be an interesting and packed research year.”
According to Prof Botha, the research manager of the PBS, the quality of the programme will improve, especially with the stricter selection process that is now in place.
During the forthcoming degrees ceremony in May, three PhD degrees will be awarded from the NWU PBS.