Family and Consumer Science

Course Descriptions – Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

FASHION AND TEXTILES CAREERS 1
Fashion and Textiles Careers focuses on knowledge and skills needed for occupations and continuing education related careers in fashion, apparel, and other textiles management, production, and services. Instruction and laboratory experiences may include basic commercial applications of design, production, and selection of apparel and textile products; demonstration and instruction of related tools and equipment; and commercial maintenance of apparel and textile products. Intensive laboratory experiences are a required component of this course of study.  Work-based experiences in the fashion and textiles industry are strongly encouraged and are required for students who take this course for multiple credits per semester. This course is a core component of four-year career plans for the career clusters of Personal & Commercial Services; Manufacturing & Processing; and Art, A/V Technology & Communications.  It is recommended for students with interests in apparel, textiles, and fashion career pathways and provides the foundation for continuing study that leads to related careers. 
Recommended Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Credits:  1 credit per semester, 2 semester course
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

FASHION AND TEXTILES CAREERS 2
Fashion and Textiles Careers builds on the content knowledge and skills of Fashion and Textiles Careers I and prepares students for occupations and higher education programs of study related to the entire spectrum of the career clusters that encompass careers in fashion, apparel, and other textiles management, production, and services. Instruction and laboratory experiences may include commercial applications of principles of design, production, and selection of apparel and textile products; product research, development, and testing; demonstration and instruction of related tools and equipment; and commercial maintenance of apparel and textile products. Intensive laboratory experiences with commercial applications are a required component of this course of study.  Work based experiences in the fashion and textiles industries are strongly encouraged and are required for students who take this course for multiple credits each semester. This course is a core component of four-year career plans for the career clusters of Personal & Commercial Services; Manufacturing & Processing; and Art, A/V Technology & Communications.  It is recommended for students with interests in apparel, textiles, and fashion career pathways and provides the foundation for study in higher education that leads to related careers. 
Recommended Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites:  Fashion and Textile Careers I
Credits:  1 credit per semester, 2 semester course
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS 1 & 2   
Nutrition and Wellness is an introductory course valuable for all students as a life foundation and academic enrichment; it is especially relevant for students interested in careers related to nutrition, food, and wellness. This is a nutrition class that introduces students to only the basics of food preparation so they can become self-sufficient in accessing healthy and nutritious foods.  Major course topics include nutrition principles and applications; influences on nutrition and wellness; food preparation, safety, and sanitation; and science, technology, and careers in nutrition and wellness. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of nutrition, food, and wellness. Food preparation experiences are a required component. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiency will be applied.  This course is the first in a sequence of courses that provide a foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to nutrition, food, and wellness.
Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semester course
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ADVANCED NUTRITION AND WELLNESS 1 & 2
Advanced Nutrition and Wellness is a two-semester course which provides an extensive study of nutrition. This course is recommended for all students wanting to improve their nutrition and learn how nutrition affects the body across the lifespan. Advanced Nutrition and Wellness is an especially appropriate course for students interested in careers in the medical field, athletic training and dietetics. This course builds on the foundation established in Nutrition and Wellness, which is a required prerequisite.  This is a project-based course; utilizing higher-order thinking, communication, leadership and management processes. Topics include extensive study of major nutrients, nutritional standards across the lifespan, influences on nutrition/food choices, technological and scientific influences, and career exploration in this field. Laboratory experiences will be utilized to develop food handling and preparation skills; attention will be given to nutrition, food safety and sanitation. This course is the second in a sequence of courses that provide a foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to nutrition, food, and wellness.
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Nutrition and Wellness
Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, 2 credits maximum
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

INTRODUCTION TO HOUSING/INTERIOR DESIGN
Introduction to Housing and Interior Design is an introductory course essential for those students interested in academic enrichment or a career within the housing, interior design, or furnishings industry. This course addresses the selection and planning of designed spaces to meet the needs, wants, values and lifestyles of individuals, families, clients, and communities. Housing decisions, resources and options will be explored including factors affecting housing choices and the types of housing available. Developmental influences on housing and interior environments will also be considered. Basic historical architectural styling and basic furniture styles will be explored as well as basic identification of the elements and principles of design. Design and space planning involves evaluating floor plans and reading construction documents while learning to create safe, functional, and aesthetic spaces. Presentation techniques will be practiced to thoroughly communicate design ideas. Visual arts concepts will be addressed. Direct, concrete mathematics proficiency will be applied. A project based approach will be utilized requiring higher-order thinking, communication, leadership and management processes as housing and interior design content is integrated into the design of interior spaces while meeting specific project criteria. This course provides the foundation for further study and careers in the architecture, construction, housing, interior design, and furnishings industries.
Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semester course, 2 credits maximum 
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING
Child Development is an introductory course that is especially relevant for students interested in careers that draw on knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. This course addresses issues of child development from conception/prenatal through age 3. It includes the study of prenatal development and birth; growth and development of children; child care giving and nurturing; and support systems for parents and caregivers. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiency will be applied. Authentic applications such as introductory laboratory/field experiences with young children and/or service learning that build knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children are strongly recommended. This course provides the foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 1 semester, 1 credit maximum
Qualifies as one of the F&CS courses a student can take to waive the Heath & Wellness graduation requirement. To qualify for a waiver, a student must take three of the approved courses. For more information, please see 511 IAC 6-7.1-4(c)(6).
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas