2013-2014 Curriculum Guide -- FACS
by Joyce Bruna
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Introduction to Creative Living 1 credit 9 - 12
Family and Consumer ScienceâComprehensive courses are inclusive studies of the knowledge and skills that are useful for the efficient and productive management of the home. Course topics typically include foods and nutrition; clothing; child development and care; housing design, decoration, and maintenance; consumer decisions and personal financial management; and interpersonal relationships.
Nutrition and Wellness Â½ credit 10 - 12
Food and Nutrition courses provide students with an understanding of foodâs role in society, instruction in how to plan and prepare meals, experience in the proper use of equipment and utensils, and background on the nutritional needs and requirements for healthy living. Some classes place a heavier emphasis on the nutritional components of a balanced diet, while others concentrate on specific types of food preparation. Although these courses may present career opportunities in the food service industry, their emphasis is not career-related.
Food Science 1 credit 10 - 12
Food Science courses offer opportunities to study the composition, structure, and properties of foods and the chemical changes that occur during the processing, storage, preparation, and consumption of food. These courses often explore the effects of various materials, microorganisms, and processes on food products through laboratory experiments.
Parenting and Relationships 1 credit 11 - 12
Child Development/Parenting courses provide students with knowledge about the physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development of children from conception to pre-school age. In addition, these courses help students discover how parents should respond to the various stages of childhood. Course content typically includes topics such as prenatal and birth processes; responsibilities and difficulties of parenthood; fundamentals of childrenâs emotional and physical development; and the appropriate care of infants, toddlers, and young children. This class may be taken to meet the Human Sexuality component of Health and PE for graduation.
Consumer Education Â½ credit 10 â 12
This 1-semester course coincides on the schedule with Nutrition and Wellness and is offered on alternate years with Balancing Work and Family.
Consumer Economics/Personal Finance courses provide students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing oneâs personal finances. Topics may include savings and investing, credit, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection. These courses may also provide an overview of the American economy.
Balancing Work and Family Â½ credit 10 â 12
This 1-semester course coincides on the schedule with Nutrition and Wellness and is offered on alternate years with Consumer Education.
Topics covered in this 1-semester course include multiple roles of individuals, family and work conflicts, and issues involving the family and workplace. Other areas of study include communication, household, time financial and stress management.
Career and Life Planning 1 credit 9 - 12
Career Exploration courses help students identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their careers. These courses expose students to various sources of information on career and training options and may also assist them in developing job search and employability skills.