Home Economics Management

Home Economics Management Syllabus

MODULE 1: The Family

MODULE 2: Values, Goals and Conflict Resolution

  • Define the terms: values, goals, needs and wants;
  • Discuss the relationship between values and behaviours;
  • Explain the processes involved in the formation of values;
  • Discuss the relationship between values and goals;
  • Explain the relationship between goals and needs;
  • Outline qualities needed for achieving goals;
  • Outline steps to be taken in order to achieve goals;
  • Identify factors that might cause a change in goals;
  • Explain the importance of goals to the individual, family and society;
  • Identify steps in the decision making process;
  • Discuss the importance of decision making in management;
  • Discuss ways of resolving conflict within the family.

MODULE 3: Population Issues

  • Define terms used in population education;
  • Discuss factors that affect the population of a country;
  • Discuss the relationship between the population and the resources of a country;
  • Identify social and economic effect(s) of over-population on a family;
  • List methods by which family can control population.

MODULE 4: Caring for Special Groups

  • Describe the needs of the new born;
  • Describe the characteristics of the 1-3 year old toddler;
  • List factors to be considered in caring for the 1-3 year old toddler;
  • Demonstrate appropriate preparation of nutritionally balanced meals for the 1-3 year old toddler;
  • Describe the characteristics of the 3-6 year old preschooler;
  • List the needs of the 3-6 year old;
  • Discuss factors to be considered in caring for the 3-6 year old in the home;
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for the 3-6 year old;
  • Describe the physiological and emotional characteristics of the adolescent;
  • Describe the physiological and emotional characteristics of the elderly;
  • State guidelines for promoting a healthy lifestyle for the elderly;
  • Discuss factors to be considered when caring for the elderly in the home;
  • Demonstrate the care of the elderly.

MODULE 5: Work and Work Ethic Careers

  •  Explain the terms work and work ethic;
  • Discuss the importance of work to the individual;
  • Discuss the benefits to be derived from the cooperative work of family members;
  • Discuss desirable attitudes to work;
  • Discuss the importance of health to work performance;
  • Discuss the importance of career exploration;


MODULE 6: Principles of Management

  •  Define the terms “management” and “resources of management”;
  • Explain the processes in management;
  • Apply management processes to family related activities;
  • Demonstrate efficient use of time and energy in home and family activities;
  • Explain the concept of “work simplification”;
  • Discuss the factors that affect work simplification.

MODULE 7: Money Management

  • Define terms related to money management;
  • Discuss the functions of money;
  • State the means by which money is earned;
  • List guidelines for wise spending of the family income;
  • State reasons for preparing a budget;
  • List factors to be considered in preparing a budget;
  • Prepare a budget;
  • Analyse the effectiveness of a prepared budget.

MODULE 8: Consumerism

  • Define terms relating to consumerism;
  • Identify factors which determine consumer wants and needs;
  • Identify methods of payment;
  • Compare consumer and production credit;
  • List institutions for money transactions;
  • Discuss consumer rights and responsibilities;
  • Discuss the effects of advertising on both the consumer and the manufacturer.


MODULE 9: Housing and Maintenance

  • State the importance of housing to the family;
  • Explain the means by which housing is acquired for the family;
  • state the factors that influence the buying, building, or the renting of a house;
  • Discuss the features of different types of housing;
  • Discuss housing factors that contribute to the physical and aesthetic well being of the family;
  • Demonstrate basic care and maintenance of the home and its environs;
  • List sources of water supply;
  • Identify methods of purification and conservation of water;
  • Describe methods of controlling various types of common household pests.

MODULE 10: Safety in the Home, Safety Features of Appliances and Equipment

  •  List the types of accidents that occur in the home;
  • Identify the main causes of accidents in the home;
  • List safety practices which help to prevent accidents in the home;
  • Outline procedures to follow for the safe use of small home appliances and tools;
  • Discuss the features of electrical appliances that are intended to enhance their safety for household use;
  • Demonstrate skills in First Aid;

MODULE 11: Furniture, Soft Furnishings and Accessories

  • State the advantages and disadvantages of various materials used in making household furniture;
  • Discuss basic considerations for the arrangement of furniture in the home;
  • List important factors to be considered when purchasing furniture;
  • Demonstrate care of furniture;
  • Define the term “soft furnishing”;
  • State the uses of soft furnishings;
  • Discuss factors that determine choice and use of soft furnishings and accessories;
  • Refurbish, recycle and repair household articles;
  • Make simple items of soft furnishings and accessories;
  • Discuss the use of floral arrangements;
  • Make a simple floral arrangement.

MODULE 12: Entertainment, Table Setting and Social Graces

  • Identify different types of invitations;
  • Write formal invitations;
  • Explain responsibilities of attendees and workers at formal occasions;
  • Define acceptable social graces at the dining table;
  • Define terms relating to tableware;
  • Explain the term place setting;
  • Demonstrate appropriate table and tray settings;
  • Demonstrate procedures for use and care of tableware.
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