Clothing & Family Studies



Lloyd Makamure



  • Mercy Rugedhla – MSc, BSc,
  • Samuel Adebayo Awoniyi – 
  • Beatrice Mantyi Ncube – PhD, MSc, BSc
  • Enesi Tholanah – MEd, BSc Hos 
  • Judith Sithole – MSc, B.Ed 
  • Kayi Ntinda –  Phil, Masters Of Social Work, BSc
  • Kagelo Ragwena – PhD, MSc, BA
  • Malvern Kanyati – MSc, BSc
As a branch of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Department of Clothing and Family Studies strives to strengthen human relationships, as well as to promote the development of individuals who are self-reliant and ethical. This is taught through a multi-disciplinary approach, that integrates the principles of the basic sciences, technology, humanities and arts, and relating them within a Christian framework to problems faced by individuals, families and communities.

The Clothing and Family Studies Department offers students training aimed at instilling habits of neatness and order; cultivating refined taste in apparel selection, design and construction; and developing in them an entrepreneurial mind-set that makes them helpful to others and to live meaningful lives.
The Department’s primary objective is to train the students at under-graduate and graduate levels, to be industrious, self-reliant, competent, careful, and painstaking. Students who graduate from the programmes offered by Clothing and Family Studies Department should be sensitive to the need to strengthen family ties and improve the quality of life for society as a whole. Thus, it offers courses in apparel design and construction, consumer education, family studies and in interior design.
Family and consumer scientists who have completed their studies in the areas of clothing and textiles and family studies find career opportunities in education, human services, government, and public services, non-governmental organisations, business and industry, and in media services. Above all they are entrepreneurs running boutiques; apparel manufacturing companies, day-care centres, serving geriatrics, organising special occasions, offering counselling and interior design services.
Students pursuing a BSc Programme should meet the general admission requirements for universities in Zimbabwe. In addition, they need at least one O-level pass in a science subject. An O-level pass in a fashion and fabrics or an A’ level in dress and textiles is an added advantage.

Students intending to pursue the BSc programme who have a diploma from a recognised technical college and have acquired the required competencies in clothing production and pattern cutting may apply for credit by examination in the related courses as approved by the department.

Prospective students from countries that require O-levels for university entry are required to complete the Pre-University Programme during the first year (32) credits at Solusi University (see the section for Pre-University Programme in this Bulletin).


To be eligible for graduation students must have successfully completed the following requirements:

Credit Units
General Education 32
Core 51
Cognates 38
Work Experience 2
BSc Clothing & Textiles Total Credits 123
General Education 32
Core 51
Cognate 20
Professional 30
Minor 21
Teaching Practice 6
BSc Clothing & Textiles Education Total Credits 160



APMT 136 - Introduction to Clothing Manufacture(5 Credits)
This course familiarizes the student with clothing manufacturing technology; the standards governing clothing manufacture such as BS3870, ASTM D-6193, and ISO 4915:1991; sewing room problems and solutions; and alternative fabric joining technologies. The course includes three hours of theory and six hours of lab each week
APMT 156 - Textile Product: Selection, Use & Care(3 Credits)
This course introduces basic concepts of textiles as they relate to consumer satisfaction in using textile end products. Content covers elements of textiles, care of textile products, the selection of textile products and textile in home furnishing and household linen.
APMT 166 - Metric Pattern Cutting I: Women's Wear(3 Credits)
This course covers pattern cutting using the flat pattern method, manual pattern drafting, development and construction of design prototypes. Development of foundation blocks for use in designing various women’s garment styles and details, conceptualization and execution of original garment design. This course includes one hour of theory and six hours of lab each week
APMT 216 - Clothing Production Management (4 Credits)
This course covers fundamentals of quality control and fault prevention, effective supervision, training, balancing, layouts and production systems, planning, and control, as applied to clothing manufacture. Students are taught to work in groups and in conjunction with the university’s gown industry, to produce serviceable apparel. The course includes three hours of theory and six hours of lab each week.
APMT 226 - Metric Pattern Cutting: Children's Wear (3 Credits)
This course applies the principles of pattern cutting learnt in APMT 166 to the construction of children’s clothing. Students also learn to grade patterns. Prerequisite APMT 166. It includes one hour of theory and six hours of lab.
APMT 246 - Philosophy Dress (3 Credits)
This course teaches the students to assess their body types and then choose clothing that flatter them. The individual learns to use lines, shapes, proportions, body particulars, scale, colours and textures creatively to produce an illusion of perfect harmony and hide figure irregularities. The course also assists the individual to clarify and shape his/her personal philosophy of dress
APMT 286 - Fashion Illustration (3 Credits)
Students study the procedures and principles of fashion illustration and translate drawings from the live model into finished fashion illustrations, rendering clothing and accessories. Use of pen and ink, marker, and brush and wash techniques suitable for black-and-white reproduction is discussed. Students also learn to use computer software such as Corel Draw and Serif Draw to communicate design ideas.
APMT 336 - Metric Pattern Cutting III: Men's Wear (3 Credits)
This course follows up on the principles of pattern cutting learnt in APMT 166 and APMT 226 and applies them to the cutting of patterns for menswear, and casual wear for both men, women and children. The course expands the concept of pattern cutting from traditional paper and pencil drafting to the use of Fashion CAD software to make individualised patterns. Although the major focus will be on menswear, the course reinforces the lessons taught in earlier courses by covering the design and construction of patterns of casual outfits for various clientele. This course includes two hours of theory and six hours of lab per week.
APMT 356 - Textiles (5 Credits)
This course offers an overall study of the physical, biological and chemical properties of textile fibres, yarns, and fabrics. Focus is on the identification, selection, maintenance, and performance of textiles.
APMT 376 - Fashion Trend Analysis & Cultural Meaning(3 Credits)
This course seeks to articulate the connections between culture and dress which is defined in this course in its broadest possible sense as any modification or supplement to the body. Interdisciplinary in approach, the course highlights the dialogue between identity and dress, cosmetics, coiffure and body alternations as manifested in practices as varied as plastic surgery, tattooing, and ritual scarification. The course aims, in particular, to analyse the meaning of dress in relation to popular culture and gender issues and will include works grounded in anthropology, sociology, history, art history, literature, and folklore.
APMT 406 - African Dress & Textiles (3 Credits)
This course is a survey of traditional African textile production process from the preparation of raw materials to the embellishment of the woven cloth by dyeing, appliqué, embroidery and or/ other methods. Focus is on the social, political and religious significance of the African clothes. The course includes laboratory experimentation with African textile finishing methods and construction of garments with African flair.
APMT 447 - Fashion Sewing Selection (3 Credits)
This is a laboratory course focussing on the application of the principles of pattern cutting and garment construction learnt in previous courses to the creation of formal clothing for a selected theme such as weddings, dinner and other costumes. The student is encouraged to identify a community need and design and make formal wear to address the need. Students may work in groups to make outfits (in full or half-size) such as uniforms for singing groups, weddings and any other formal wear. Evaluation will be based on creativity, materials selection and workmanship. Pre-requisites: APMT 136 and APMT 166.
APMT 496 - Research Methods (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. The course culminates in the development of a research proposal in fashion studies for a project to be done in the next course.
APMT 497 - Research Project (3 Credits)
This course is a follow up on the research proposal developed in APMT 496. The student is now expected to carry out a primary research project in fashion studies based on that proposal.
DSGN 202 - Interior Design (4 Credits)
This course covers the principles and elements of design applied to the selection and arrangement of materials and furniture in the home, office and in public buildings. It includes established space and lighting standards and application of these standards in rooms.


CHEM 121 - General Chemistry (4 Credits)
This course examines scientific methods, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, properties of gases, types of chemical reactions, energy changes in chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, radox reaction and equilibrium reactions, chemical kinetics, solution, acid-base, calculations associated with volumetric and gravimetric analysis; introduction to spectroscopic methods of analysis, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry; and an introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds.
CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry (4 Credits)
This course includes the fundamentals of organic chemistry: structure and properties, energy of activation and transition of state, saturated hydrocarbons, free radical substitution, alcohols and ethers, reactions of unsaturated hydrocarbons, electrophilic and free-radical addition, conjugation and resonance in dienes, cyclic aliphatic compounds, aromaticity, reaction of benzene and its derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic, amines and phenols, aryl halides, nucleophilic aromatic substitution.
CHEM 211 - Quantitative Health & Safety (3 Credits)
This course includes the treatment of analytical data, gravimetric methods, volumetric methods, some physiochemical methods: potentiometric methods, electrogravimetric and coulometric methods, polarography and amperometric titrations. An introduction to spectroscopic methods of analysis and chromatographic separation are included.
ENVH 243 - Occupational Health & Safety (3 Credits)
Topics include: Definition of occupational health; industrial hygiene; occupational hygiene and monitoring; legislation regarding lead, asbestos, hazardous substances; management of occupational stress; noise and noise control; protective clothing; dust emissions and control; international trends in occupational health and safety. Safety Committee (SHE), Safety and Disciplinary Procedures. SHE Audits.
HDFS 110 - Marriage Dynamics (3 Credits)
This course covers the social context of intimate relationships; the development of intimate relationships; the dynamics of intimate relationships and the challenges faced by contemporary families. The goal of the course is to strengthen marital relationships by making the student aware of factors that lead to satisfaction or dissatisfaction in marriage.
HDFS 220 - Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)

This course examines human growth and development, focusing on major theories and perspectives as they relate to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of development across the life span. Course work includes projects which emphasize research on human development.
HDFS 330 - Understanding Abusive Behaviour (3 Credits)
The course examines the nine theoretical paradigms that seek to explain the aetiology of child abuse and neglect. The course assesses the theories under each paradigm a in terms of how they explain physical abuse, incest and sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment, and neglect. Understanding the causes of abuse gives the student a basis for research into possible effective intervention programs.
MGMT 155 - Principles of Management (3 Credits)
An introduction to the concepts of effective and efficient management of business organisations. The primary emphasis includes the history and development of management thought, functions of management, organization, leadership & motivation, controlling, budgeting & non – budgetary controls.
MKTG 126 - Principles of Marketing (3 Credits)
This course covers a general survey of the major marketing methods, techniques, institutions and practices, examined from the viewpoint of their effects on the exchange of processes involved in moving goods from producers to ultimate consumers, creation, analysis and maintenance of market.
MGMT 166 - Entrepreurship (3 Credits)
The course provides an understanding of entrepreneurship in individuals, environmental assessment, and preparation for new entrepreneurship ventures. Furthermore, it enables students to develop and implement an effective business plan; evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities, structuring and legal issues associated with new business ventures, knowledge in start-up financing, organizing, marketing and managing of entrepreneurship.
MKTG 235 - Sales Management (3 Credits)
This course covers the principles and practices of sales organisation and administration, and the basics of salesmanship. Consideration is given to sales department organisation, determining the sales force, selecting, training, compensating, and supervising a sales force, setting up territories and quotas. It includes the nature and scope of personal selling-purpose of selling, types of sales positions; personal selling process-prospecting and preparation; presentations and role of the sales force, sales force objectives, determining sales force size.
MKTG 240 - Consumer Behaviour (3 Credits)
This course is an integration of various disciplines in the behavioural sciences with marketing theory to understand, explain and predict consumer decisions. Explores the theoretical and practical implications of individual behavioural variables, group influences and consumer decision process. Includes consumer decision, process, problem recognition and the research process; evaluation criteria, beliefs and attitudes, learning and behavioural modification, information processing, social and cultural influences, purchasing behaviour and diffusion innovations; consumerism.


Behaviour Development

CONV 111-412: CONVOCATION (0 Credits)
ORIE 100: ORIENTATION (0 Credits)
WOED 121-122: WORK EDUCATION (0 Credits)
Health and Physical Education

PHED 116: Physical Education (2 Credits)
HLED 115: Healthier Living (2 Credits)

MATH 159: General Algebra (3 Credits)                                                                                                                       STAT 160:  Basic Statistics (2 Credits)
Languages Communication

COMM 102: Communication Skills and Academic Writing (3 Credits)
Natural & Social Sciences

BIOL 389: Philosophical Biology (2 Credits)
HIST 276: Selected Themes in Zimbabwean History (2 Credits)

INSY 100: Computer & Data Processing (3 Credits)
Ethics and Philosophy
RELT 105: Christian Beliefs (3 Credits)
RELB 180: Studies in the Gospels (3 Credits)
RELH 360: Seventh-day Adventist Heritage (2 Credits)
RELT 215: Philosophy of Christian Education (2 Credits)                                                                                            RELT 355: Religion & Ethics in Modern Society (3 Credits) 
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