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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Home Economics
 
COURSE CODE UBSCHHECFT

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

B.Sc. (Hons) HE(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years

Full-time

180

COURSE OVERVIEW
The vision of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Home Economics is to offer professional training for career paths which in turn can help improve the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals, families and society. It will do this by focusing on responsible resource management and behaviour change strategies with an emphasis on food, nutrition, health, family functioning, housing, interiors, textiles, fashion, personal finance and consumer affairs.

Various national strategies are in place to promote improvement in the quality of life at the individual, family and societal level, as well as to foster entrepreneurship. Graduates of this programme could be employed in the family (e.g. child care, active ageing), consumer information, agriculture, environment, sustainability and retail sectors, particularly given their holistic background in management and review of resources, communication, product development, and project planning and implementation.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES Subject knowledge and understanding
- Utilise their knowledge of food, health, consumption, personal finance, textiles, housing and interiors to offer basic guidance to individuals in different settings in order to choose more sustainable lifestyles for personal and family wellbeing
- Identify the various wellbeing needs of different families and of different family members at the various stages of the lifecycle and how these can be met through individual practice, shared family decision-making, community strategies, and workplace, school and other national policies
- Appreciate criteria for quality design as applied to different media and settings in the pursuit of functional and aesthetically pleasing attire, products and spaces
- Acknowledge the elements of an entrepreneurial spirit, and become familiar with requirements for commercial and social entrepreneurial initiatives

Intellectual development
- Speak with confidence regarding the basic science pertaining to food, nutrition, health, textiles, home management, design and communication
- Investigate issues of concern to individual or family lifestyles and wellbeing and recommend practical, sustainable solutions, actions and initiatives

Key/transferable skills
- Critically analyse research articles, reports and other reviews for accuracy, currency and understandability by the general public
- Communicate appropriately with different publics
- With supervised guidance, conduct a basic needs assessment as pertaining to current issues or in relation to development of a communication tool, product, event or programme
- Work as a member of a team to develop a plan of action and implement as feasible an event or other initiative to help promote healthier, sustainable lifestyle and consumption behaviours
- Apply design and organisational principles to develop, create a prototype or pilot and evaluate a simple product or service to help promote healthier, sustainable lifestyle and consumption behaviours

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development
- Consider pursuing further studies in areas related to individual or family wellbeing, community development, sustainability, creativity and innovation or entrepreneurship, as well as training to become a teacher in the areas of Home Economics, Textiles Studies or related Vocational subjects (e.g. Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Fashion)
- Appreciate the roles of different stakeholders in product and service development, particularly in the areas of food, elderly care, child care, interior design and fashion
- Demonstrate practical skills in creative and sustainability-sensitive food preparation, interior design and textiles and garment production
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY This course offers professional training for career paths which can help improve the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals, families and society. Graduates of this degree could be employed by national or international Government entities or Non-Governmental Organisations focusing on family wellbeing, consumer skills, caring services, healthy eating, food security and sustainable production and consumption (e.g. food, textiles, energy, water, waste). They could also be employed in the mass media or retail sector as advisors or marketers related to food choices and meal planning, planning of interiors and choice of appliances, as well as creativity and planning in textiles and fashion. Graduates could also take an entrepreneurial route and venture into private business or social innovation such as in the areas of food, catering, textiles, crafts, fashion and interiors.

The course is also intended for students wishing to
• Follow the UoM Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) in Home Economics or Vocational subjects such as Hospitality, Health & Social Care and Fashion and Textiles.
• Further their studies in the Home Economics field via a Masters in Education by research.
• Pursue post-graduate studies in Family Studies, Ageing and Dementia Studies, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, Gerontology and Geriatrics and Creativity and Innovation.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is targeted at students wishing to work with individuals and families, in different settings and via various tools and initiatives, to help them improve their quality of life and wellbeing through responsible lifestyle and consumption decisions on a daily basis and at different stages of the lifecycle.
 
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the third year of the course.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

(a) two passes at Advanced Level at grade C or better in Home Economics and Human Ecology and in any other subject, or equivalent as determined by the Board and

(b) a certificate showing a pass in the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Standard Certificate, or equivalent.

Applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the University Admissions Board on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose. The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three persons.

The number of students shall be limited to 30 students.

When the number of applicants that may be admitted to the Course is limited, and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) academic qualifications
(b) experience in the field of Home Economics and Textiles Studies and
(c) performance during an interview.

For the selection criteria please refer here.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board for the purpose, shall be composed of at least 3 members from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies.

The University Admissions Board, after seeking the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, shall first consider eligible applicants whose qualifications were obtained in the Matriculation Examination or from another examining board, if the Faculty Admissions Committee is satisfied that the qualifications presented are comparable in content and equivalent in standard to the Matriculation Examination in the same subject/s.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications and the special course requirements as stipulated above, were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first. If vacant places are still available, applicants who obtain all necessary qualifications and fulfil all special course requirements as stipulated above after the 31 August and before the 30 September shall be considered to take up the remaining places.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 

 
Last Updated: 11 June 2017
 
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