ICSE Board Home Science Syllabus for Class 11

ICSE Board Syllabus for Class 11 Home Science



There will be two papers in the subject.
Paper I: Theory:
Paper II: Practical:


1. Concept and Scope of Home Science

  (i) Introduction to the five streams in Home
  Science and how they integrate to form a
   meaningful whole.
  To explain that Home Science is an umbrella
  term for a field of Applied Sciences, made up
  of Foods & utrition, Resource Management,
  Human Development, Textiles & Clothing and
  Communication & Extension.

(ii) Importance and relevance of the study of
   Home Science.
   The need for studying each aspect of Home
  Science - enables a scientific understanding of
   the field and allows for research in the
  discipline, which reinforces the theoretical
  perspectives. Immense practical value of the discipline in
everyday life - a study of Home Science helps
   in the ultimate understanding of the self, people and various social, emotional and
biological factors necessary for human survival.

(iii) Career options in Home Science.
  A brief study on various career options
   available for Home Science students.

2. Food and utrition

(i) A review of the relationship between food and
   health, the importance of a balanced diet for
   everyday life.
   Classification of food on the basis of nutrients
    and functions. Functions of    food:
  physiological, psychological and social;
  assessment of nutritional status and calorie
   intake on the basis of poverty line.
  Concept of balanced diet, food and nutritional
   requirements for family (ICMR tables).
   Understanding of terms like mortality,
   morbidity and longevity and their relationship
    to food.
(ii) Elementary study of macro and micro
  Functions and sources of nutrients:
   carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals (iron,
   calcium, iodine and phosphorous) and
   vitamins (A, D, E, K, B1, B2, iacin, Folic
   Acid & C); role of water and fibre in the diet.
   Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for
   all nutrients mentioned above. Factors
    affecting absorption of nutrients by the human
    body; problems related to under-nutrition and
  Basal Metabolic Rate (B.M.R) and the factors
  affecting B.M.R.

3. Resource Management
(i) Efficient management of resources – material,
  human and shared (community).
  Meaning and types of resources: human –
   time, energy, knowledge, skills, attitudes;
  material – money, goods, property; shared
  (community) facilities – schools, parks,
  hospitals, road transport, water, electricity,
   fuel. eed to manage resources and methods
  for maintenance/conservation of shared
(ii) Management: need for Management at home.
  Components of Management; Decision
  Understanding the important role that
  management plays in smooth and efficient
   running of homes. A brief understanding of
  the major components of Management –
  Planning, Organizing, Controlling,
Implementing and Evaluation. Role of decision

(iii) Work simplification. Meaning and methods of work simplification.

(iv) Savings and investments. Importance of savings.
Availing schemes for savings and investments offered by banks and other financial
institutions (post office, LIC). making process in

(v) Fundamentals of banking.
Opening and operating a bank account, types
of cheques, filling a deposit slip, procedure
for making a Demand Draft, use of ATM,
Debit, Credit cards & availing of student loans.

4. Human Development
(i) Introduction to Development.
Concept of growth & development; factors
affecting growth & development. Influence of
sports and physical fitness.
Milestones of development from ages 0 to 12 years.

(ii) Periods of growth and development during
Periods of development during childhood, i.e.
- from conception to about 12 years of age.
(infancy, early childhood, middle childhood
and late childhood).

(iii) Philosophy of Human Development.

The following aspects need to be explained -
development is multidimensional and
interdisciplinary - includes biological,
cognitive, emotional and social development;
development is continuous and cumulative; it
is variable, reflecting individual variation;
cultural differences are reflected in
development; both heredity and environment
influence development.

(iv) Understanding special needs.
Developing an understanding of norma development, therein
developing an understanding of the needs of the differently
abled; becoming sensitive to the special needs
of the disadvantaged and differently-abled
children in terms of social: broken home,
uvenile delinquency; economic: living below
the poverty line (BPL); physical: partially
  blind & deaf, affected (e.g. polio), missing
limbs and mental handicaps: learning
disabilities (slow learners and dyslexics).
the study of Human
5. Textiles and Clothing (i) Textile fibres.
Types of fibres: (i) natural - cotton, silk and
wool; (ii) man-made – nylon, polyester and
blended fibres (terrycot, terrysilk, terrywool,
cotton silk).

(ii) Fabric Construction.

Basic procedure of yarn making (spinning,
mechanical spinning, chemical spinning),
weaving: plain, twill & satin, other methods –
knitting & braiding, non-woven fabrics; effect
of weaves on appearance, durability and
maintenance of garment.

(iii)Textile finishes.

Meaning and importance; types: (i) basic:
scouring, bleaching, stiffening, tantering;
(ii) special: mercerization, shrinkage control,
water proofing, dyeing and printing.

6. Introduction to Communication and Extension

Methods of communication – individual, group
and mass contacts.
Individual – verbal and written.
Group – discussions, demonstrations, fieldtrips.
Mass – Print and electronic.
Role of audio visual aids in Communication & Extension.


Students are required to complete the practicals listed
below and maintain a record book for the same.

1. Food and nutrition:

(a) Use 24-hour dietary recall method to analyse
individual diet patterns with reference to
requirements of basic food groups and RDA.
Discuss implications of deficiency.

(b) Basic Cooking: Boiling, steaming, frying and
baking. Preparation of simple snacks using
these methods.

2. Resource Management –

(a) Opening of a bank account, filling of cheques,
deposit slips, withdrawal slips and demand
draft forms.

(b) Simple home decoration – flower arrangement
and floor decoration.

3. Textiles and clothing

(a) Basics of stitching – hemming, running stitch.
(b) Attaching buttons and hooks.

4. Human Development

Visit a nearby nursery school. Observe children
at play outdoors and indoors. Record the patterns
of play behaviour and the kind of interactions with
other children and adults. Talk to the teachers in
the school about how they plan activities for
young children.

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