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Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences

Head of Department: Mrs S Vermeer
Secretary: Miss P Mbatha
Tel: 031 373 2322
Fax: 031 373 2795
Location: S9 L3 SBiko Campus
Postgrad Research: Prof C Napier research focus area
Tel: 031 373 2326

Top Food and Nutrition student’s awards
Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences Handbook
Community Engagement
Project Sponsorship Appeal (SARS Tax deductible)
Research Focus Area - Prof Carin Napier
Staff
Final year students 2013
Toastmasters Winner 2013
Toastmasters Winner 2011


Mission Statement

The department of Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences aims at developing students to assist consumers and the market in meeting their respective needs by recognizing the interrelated roles of nutrition, food development and preparation as well as marketing.

The qualities required of you for this programme:

  • Passion for food preparation & nutrition
  • Creative and innovative ability
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, verbally and in writing
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Self motivator
  • Basic science ability
  • Service orientated
  • Team playing personality
  • Confident nature
  • Ability to relate well to people

Employment opportunities are in a variety of roles:

  • In food companies as customer development consultant in sales; in the marketing department including brand management and market research; in channel management; product development; recipe development; Fresh produce development technologist or a consumer affairs consultant.
  • In food retail, diplomates can fill positions in food buying, food product management, delicatessen manager, fresh product development and brand development.
  • In the media as cookery assistant, assistant food journalist, food stylist or co-ordinator of food promotions.
  • As freelancer: food stylist, food consultant or caterer.

The extended curriculum programme

On the basis of a variety of placement assessments, successful applicants will be accepted into either a 3 year National Diploma or an extended curriculum 4 year National Diploma programme of study. An extended Curriculum has been devised in order to enhance student development and to improve a student’s chances of successfully completing the Diploma.

Programmes offered by the department

  • ND: Consumer Sciences: Food and Nutrition
    Entrance Requirements
    A qualified learner will be able to develop recipes for fresh convenience food production and assist in food selection in a retail operation. He (she) will be able to co-manage food promotional strategies to contribute to the quality of life of the consumer. He (she) will also be able to co-manage a fresh convenience food operation.
  • B Tech: Consumer Sciences: Food and Nutrition
    Entrance Requirements
    A qualified learner will be able to perform as a food researcher and developer, manage a food operation or market food products in the retail and production industries. These activities should maximize the quality of fresh convenience food products and enhance the quality of life of the customer.
  • M Tech: Consumer Sciences: Food and Nutrition
    Entrance Requirements
  • A qualified learner will have:

    • An in-depth knowledge of a specialized area in Food and Nutrition.
    • The ability to make an original contribution to science through scientific thought and independent investigation.
    • The proven ability to write scientific research papers for peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Doctor of Food and Nutrition
    Doctor of Food and Nutrition Entrance Requirements

Final Year Students 2013