Unit description

Examines the chemical, physical and biological properties of foods and their constituents, and technological issues related to their handling, preparation, preservation, processing and storage. Aspects of food science, such as food quality evaluation, food safety, and food legislation and monitoring will also be explored.

Unit content

Topic 1: Evaluation of food quality 
Topic 2: Food legislation and monitoring 
Topic 3: Food safety principles
Topic 4: Chemistry of food composition: water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, other constituents
Topic 5: Food preservation principles 
Topic 6: Plant foods: Vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits, cereal grains
Topic 7: Animal foods/fish/seafood: Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, eggs
Topic 8: Fats and oils; Sweeteners
Topic 9: Food composition databases; and Computerised nutritional analysis software 
Topic 10: Communicating lab experimentation results; and How to conduct a literature search

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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