COURSE OUTLINE FROM YEAR 1- 4
Year One Semester One
IRAI 151 Introduction to Rattan and Bamboo (1, 2, 2)
Introduction to rattan and bamboo; History of rattan and bamboo, their traditional uses, taxonomy, morphology, types, growth characteristics, distribution in Ghana and other parts of the world; Introduction to rattan and bamboo working tools and equipment.
IRAI 153 Introduction to Wood (1, 2, 2)
History of wood, woodcarving and furniture; Description and handling of hand-held woodworking tools; Shapes made with the aid of cutting tools; Safety measures in the use of tools; Types of wood, their properties and uses; methods of seasoning; Common wood defects.
IRAI 155 Introduction to Clay I (1, 2, 2)
History of pottery; Existing indigenous process in pottery making; Types of local clay; Production development; Fundamental investigation into raw materials and basic testing; Forming techniques – hand modelling, coiling, slab making and mould building.
IRAI 157 Introduction to Leather (1, 2, 2)
History of Leather craft; Preparation of Leather – Abattoir practices and skinning; Storage of pelt; Storage of skinned and cleaned carcass; Curing -- saltation and putrefaction; Tanning, tannery equipment and processes; Unhairing, fleshing and picking; Oiling and drying; Variation of fibre structure; Physical and chemical properties of pelt; Uses of leather; Leatherwork as a vocation; Tools and equipment.
IRAI 159 Introduction to Fibres and Fabrics I (1, 2, 2)
History of Clothing and Textiles; Composition of Fabrics – Fibres, Yarns and Construction; Yarn characteristics; Natural fibres, man-made fibres; Spinning; Non-yarn fibres and their adaptation for use; Consumer tastes; Fibre tests and identification; Basic studio skills; Introduction to Macramé.
IRAI 161 Introduction to Metals I (1, 2, 2)
Introduction to Metals – History of metal discovery and early uses; Basic Metallurgy; Derivation of metal from the ores, extraction, refining and usage; Some common metals, their properties and qualities – Copper, Silver, Gold, Iron, Bronze; Alloys – common alloys and their economic importance; Basic metal working tools and equipment – the rolling mill, saw frames, soldering torches etc. Basic metal working principles, procedures and processes – Annealing Pickling, Sawing, Filing etc.