FACULTY OF CONSUMER SCIENCES
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Consumer Sciences offers a diverse yet integrated menu of scientific and technical courses to enable a better understanding of factors impacting consumers’ general well-being and in achieving an improved quality of life. Graduates work as development change agents in government departments and institutions, family, civic and non-governmental organisations, international agencies to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information for ‘smart’ and efficient consumption.
Dean Faculty of Consumer Sciences
The Faculty currently has three Departments offering four Bachelor of Science degree programmes in Consumer Science, Consumer Science Education, Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, and Textiles, Apparel Design and Management. Moreover, three postgraduate programmes are offered at Master’s degree level: Consumer Science Education, Food Science and Technology, and Textiles with two options (Textile Science & Technology and Textile &
Apparel Design). In addition to teaching, the Faculty is involved in research and community services
The Faculty of choice in Consumer Sciences for sustainable development in Southern Africa
Consumer Science Education & Community Development
dr. D.C. mABUZA - HOD
The B.Sc. COS programme equips the student with a broad foundation in all the areas of Consumer Sciences with an entrepreneurial orientation and professional skills for community development in the government and non-government sectors. During the 6th semester the student undertakes a 10- week field attachment practicum. The purpose of the programme is to train personnel who will help urban and rural individuals, households and communities to deal with their socio-economic problems for the improvement of quality of life. READ MORE
COSE uses the technical content of Consumer Science to prepare competent personnel for the education sector: secondary and high schools, tertiary as well as vocational institutions to inculcate an entrepreneurial spirit within the Swati child. During the 6th semester, the student undertakes a 10-week teaching practicum. The purpose is to prepare teachers who will impart skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable the Swati child to manage adult challenges while inculcating an entrepreneurial spirit. READ MORE
The general objective of the M.Sc. COSE Programme is to meet human resource requirements for teaching and managerial positions particularly for the educational system within Eswatini and beyond. Students who graduate with this degree have an opportunity of embarking on careers in Curriculum Design and Development; Examinations Councils; being College Teacher Educators; COS-related business and industry; Women and Youth Life Skills Educators; Coordinators and Supervisors of Field Based Experiences; Self-employment.
Food and Nutrition Sciences
dr. J. shelembe - HOD
The Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences houses facilities which include the Modern Lab, Food Processing Lab, and the Analytical Lab. The Modern Lab is where students learn to prepare nutritious meals and practice culinary art skills as part of practical training. Students use the Food Processing Lab to process various food products such as dehydrated, frozen, fried, baked, concentrated, and canned products to mention a few. There is also the Analytical Lab where students learn to analyse food for parameters such as moisture, crude fats, crude proteins, fibre and ash content, and viscosity, pH, and acidity.
Studying Food Science, Nutrition and Technology empowers an individual to make a meaningful contribution towards the country’s economy and food security through improved food preservation and the provision of safe and nutritious foods. The programme equips and prepares graduates for a variety of career paths and options including but not limited to Product Development, Nutrition Education, and Hospitality Management. READ MORE
The field of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology is multidisciplinary, which opens up a myriad of job and entrepreneurial opportunities. Graduates may find employment in quality, R&D, sales, marketing, and manufacturing departments in private companies or in government and parastatal organisations or they may start up their own food processing businesses and become employers.
Textile and Apparel Design
dr. B.P. makhanya - HOD
After a successful completion of the degree programme, students can be self- employed as Fashion designers, Textile designers, Accessory designers, image consultants, Pattern makers, Costume designers, Fashion Stylists, Photographers, Alternative employment can be as: Visual Merchandisers, Apparel Buyers, Textile Technologists, and Quality Evaluators as these are a growing career sector escalated by the digital revolution.
The general objective of the course is to train professionals for the public and private sectors; industry, research institutions and academia in Textiles and Apparel Design as well as Textile Science and Technology to face current and emerging challenges in the industry in Swaziland and beyond. It is co-offered by the Textiles and Apparel Design and Chemistry Departments. The programme offers two options namely: Textile Science and Technology (TST) and Textile and Apparel Design (TAD).
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The Faculty of Consumer Sciences offers a diverse yet integrated menu of scientific and technical courses to enable a better understanding of factors impacting consumers’ general well-being and in achieving an improved quality of life.