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Bachelor of Science or Education Majoring in Home Economics and Human Nutrition

Programme Summary

Course Name: B.Sc. (General) or B.Sc. (Ed) Home Economics & Human Nutrition
Course Initials:  B.Sc. Gen.
Duration:  3-8 years
Total Units:  38
Mode of Delivery: taught by e-learning (blended) mode of delivery


Programme Informations

  1. The minimum admission requirements for the B.Sc. Food, nutrition and dietetics degree programme under direct entry qualifications are: –
  2. Possession of two principal passes at advanced level in appropriate subjects such as Chemistry and Biology or Home Economics or Agriculture or Food and Nutrition, or Physics or its equivalent.
  • Holders of a Diploma with credits in Human Nutrition or Home Economics or Food Science or Nursing or community development or Clinical Medicine and other related fields from a recognised institution may be considered
  1. Also candidates who gain admission into the Foundation course (science stream) upon award of the Foundation course certificates qualifies for admission into the BSc Food, nutrition and dietetics degree programme. This category of applicants should have 5 passes or 3 credits in relevant science subjects at “O” level.

In addition to satisfying the minimum requirements of the degree programme candidates must have passed:

(i)         Biology or Biological Science at A-level

(ii)        Chemistry at A-level

(iii)       Physics or Physical Sciences at A-level

(iv)       Have taken and passed Home Economics at “O” level

(v)        In special cases candidates who are holders of a Diploma in Home Economics or its equivalent, with a credit pass from a recognised college will be admitted.

The main purpose of the programme is to provide students with knowledge and skills for personal development, family living and professional specialization.  The programme will consist of three core areas: (i)   Food and Nutrition (ii)   Home Management (iii)  Clothing and Textile. To support these core areas the following disciplines are included in the programme; Human Anatomy and Physiology,; Physics, Chemistry and Microbiology in the Home; Introductory Computer Science; Family Life Education; Gender Issues and Development; Statistics; Research Methods and Research Project; Teaching Methods; Extension Education and Community Health

The minimum duration of the degree programme is 3 years and the maximum duration is 8 years.  Students will be required to take all the core courses (10 units of core courses per level) and two additional units (20 credits) from the provided list of elective course(s) for the programme at each Level. All core courses including OCP 100 and OFC 017 are obligatory. The minimum number of credits for graduation is 380 credits (38 units).

Research project and Research report writing will be taken by each student in the final year of his/her studies.  Optional courses will be offered in the last level so as to prepare students for the postgraduate studies in specialised areas.

The Home Economics course outline will be almost the same for the B.Sc. (Home Economics) and the B.Sc. (Home Economics with education).  The only difference will be that the B.Sc. (Home Economics with Education), will have to take Education lectures and do teaching practice.

B.Sc. Home Economics & Human Nutrition







OFC 017

 Communications skills


OCP 100

 Introduction to Microcomputer Studies and Information Technology


OHE 151

Biological Sciences for Home Economics 


OHE 152

Physical Science for Home Economics 


OHE 153

Clothing Construction  


OHE 154

Textile I & II 


OHE 155

Foods & Nutrition


OHE 156

 Home Management 


OHE 115

Human Anatomy & Physiology





OHE 251

Meal Planning & Institutional Catering 


OHE 252

Principles of Economics & Consumer Education 


OHE 253

Household Equipment & Home Furnishing 


OHE 112

Food Science in the Home


OHE 204

Community Health


OHE 254

Therapeutic Diet & Community Nutrition 


OHE 255

Child Development & Family Education 





OHE 351

Rural Sociology & Gender Issues 


OHE 352

Statistics & Research Methods for Home Economics 


OHE 353

Extension Education Methods 


OHE 350

Home Economics Praticals


OHE 307

Home Economics Special Project



The fees for the degree programmes will follow the standard fees structure for OUT.

Continuing students:

(a) Any student having a ‘Repeat’ subject must pay in full the subject’s fees according to the rates approved by Council (please look at the recent University prospectus).

(b) The amount to be paid as examination fee for every paper registered for University examination or main test is indicated in the current prospectus. Students who were admitted before 2012/13 academic year, should evaluate the cumulative amount of fees that they have paid since beginning studies at

OUT, then subtract this from the programme fee, to know how much they still need to pay at the level that they have reached.  For most programmes, those wishing to advance to Level 2 (200 series) must have paid at least TSh.720,000;  those moving to level 3 (300 series), must have paid at least TSh.1,440,000. Before graduation, one must have paid at least TSh.  2,160,000. This does not include fees for REPEAT subjects.  Students who still lag behind in fees are advised to complete the gap in fees paid before being allowed to continue with the next level. Evidence of previous payments made must be presented and copies must be attached to the registration form.

(c) Students are allowed to pay 50% of the fees due by the end of the registration period announced by DES. A penalty of at least 20,000 ($20 for international students) will be levied to those who fail to pay by the deadline, as approved by Council and announced by the Directorate of Examinations Syndicate.

(d) Fees once paid, cannot be refunded until after the expiry of the registration period. The refund will be made after deduction of applicable administration costs, on the excess amount to be refunded.

All New students:

All new students will pay all their fees according to the new rates approved by Council (please look at the current University prospectus). The students must note that having registered for some courses; you are expected to pay at least 50% of the total fees required by the deadlines as announced by DES. Paying after that deadline means you will also pay in addition, the penalty for late payment of at least 20,000.



Dr Elina Maseta


Successful students should be able to:

  1. Applied knowledge on food, nutrition and textiles in various communities such as textile and food industries.
  2. They can conduct research in the field of food, nutrition and textile


Candidates shall be assessed in the modules for which they have enrolled for each year of study. Within each module candidates shall be assessed by a combination of Main timed test (30%) and annual examination (70%). The pass mark shall be 40 for each assessment element and for the module overall.

The course assessment also includes written reports of practical work with an equivalent weight of 2 units. These are marked out 100% for each module, in which case the scores will be awarded by the teacher responsible for the course and / or practical session. However the overall grade will be determined by the average of the sub grades at each level of study. Therefore the final overall grade will be computed at level three after completing all the practical sessions of all the modules studied.

The coursework also includes written report of project which is done at level three when a student has completed at least two-thirds of the total number of units required for graduation.