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The University approved a Bachelor of Science degree programme in Home Economics during the 1979/80 session. The first set of students was admitted into Part I of the programme in October 1981. This programme was designed with four areas of specialization: Child Development and Family Relations, Foods and Nutrition, Clothing, Textiles and Design as well as Resource Management and Extension. The Home Economics Unit had its base in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology.

The curriculum was revised to meet the current needs of our students and the society. In addition to this, there was need to give a name that properly reflects what is being taught in the department. The University Senate approved the proposal for change of name from Home Economics Unit to Department of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences on 11th September 2006. The core areas of specialization now includes:

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Textiles, Clothing and Interior Decoration
  • Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Hospitality Management
  • Resource Management and Extension.

These areas would help students to understand the interface between the home and family, as well as the greater society and the economy.

 

The Department of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences had since its inception in 1980, impacted on both the university and its environ through its numerous services.

The Department of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences  is committed to providing our students with excellent educational experiences that will prepare them for self employment, further their education, and/or engage in community service upon graduation.

 We are concerned with the different aspects of life and the different environments with which families interact. The department had contributed to improve on how people live, eat, dress, arrange space, make decisions, manage resources and parenting skills.

In short, the knowledge produced by various field of study of the department had contributed to enhancing the quality of the home, family living and the life of individual as well as the family as a whole.

Admission is opened to both local and international students who are interested in this field of study. You are free to contact the department for further information.

 

PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT

            The programme of the Department is designed to produce graduates who would contribute effectively to the development of a just, self-reliant society.  It is concerned with the application of science and knowledge of all kinds to develop the individual, the family and the society.   Students of the Department would be required to take common Faculty courses in Part I.

OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT

 

1.  To produce graduates that would be self reliant, self-employed and capable of creating employment.
 
2.  To produce high level manpower for both the public service and the private sector in the following areas of specialization:

  • Child Development and Family Studies Textiles,
  • Clothing and Interior DecorationFoods,
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Hospitality management
  • Resource Management and Extension

3.   To produce high level manpower capable of improving the quality of family life through technological, educational and community action programmes; and

4.    To promote research in the above mentioned areas of specialization.

 

The name of the degrees offered is Bachelor of Science:

  • B.Sc. (Hon) Consumer Sciences (Child Development and Family Studies
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Consumer Sciences (Textiles, Clothing and Interior Decoration)
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Consumer Sciences (Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Consumer Sciences (Hospitality Management)
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Consumer Sciences (Resource Management and Extension)

Duration of Study


The duration of study is four years.  This is because the programme offers a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.  The students do not participate in the one-year internship programme of Agriculture but instead they are involved in 12-week Industrial Attachment at the end of Part III during the long vacation.  This is usually carried out in relevant industries in their areas of specialization.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Joint Matriculation Examination (JME) The minimum requirements for (JME) admission to courses leading to a degree in the Department of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences are those for entry into the Faculty of Agriculture.  Candidates are required to have credits in five subjects at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (S.S.S.C.) in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Home Management/Foods & Nutrition and one of the following: Agricultural Science, Physics, Fine Arts, Technical Drawing.  Economics provided the credits were obtained in not more than two sittings.

 

    1. Direct Entry

a)         Direct Entry to Part I

  1. Candidate with O.N.D. in Animal Health, Agriculture, Food Science and Technology, Textiles and Clothing Construction or Catering and Hotel Management from accredited institutions with at least an Upper Credit Pass in addition to the listed basic general requirements in 1.1 above.

Direct entry to Part II

  1. N.C.E. in Home Economics, Biology, Chemistry or Agricultural Science from accredited institution with a minimum of ‘Credit’ pass in addition to five Credit passes in any of the following: Grade II Teachers’ subjects:  Social Studies, Mathematics, Agricultural Science, General Science or Integrated Science, Fine Arts, Geography and rural Science provided that the passes are obtained in not more than two sittings.
  2. N.C.E. in Home Economics combined with any of the following Biology, Chemistry or Agricultural Science from a recognized institution with at least a ‘Credit’ pass.  In addition, candidates should satisfy the minimum ‘O’ level requirements stated in 1.1 above.
  3. H.N.D. in Agriculture, Food Science and Technology, Textiles and Clothing Construction, Catering and Hotel Management from a recognized institution with a minimum of ‘Lower Credit’ pass in addition to the general requirements stated in 1.1 above.

 

  1. Child Development and Family Studies
  2. Child and Maternal Nutrition
  3. Household Resource Management and Extension
  4. School Children and Adolescent Nutrition
  5. Textile Extension

 

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