FOOD SC 1000RG - Introduction to Food Technology I
Regency Park - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code FOOD SC 1000RG Course Introduction to Food Technology I Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Regency Park Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course provides an overview of the food processing industry at local national and international levels. Emphasis is at the local (South Australian) level and covers many of the key areas of responsibility of a food technologist. A nationally accredited short course - Hygiene for Food Handlers - is included. Food processing techniques, particularly techniques for analysing and preserving food and processing meat, cereals, milk, fruit and vegetables are described. Management operations including total quality management, plant hygiene and sanitation, occupational health, safety and welfare, HACCP, ISO, and legislation are overviewed. The course includes industry tours and guest lectures by industry representatives.
Course Coordinator: Rai Peradka
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrated ability to identify solutions to problems related to the processing of food and to apply and expand upon the theoretical concepts presented in lectures. 2 Demonstrated familiarity and competence with the practical skills and techniques used to process food. This will include determining legislative requirements and limitations, identifying food safety hazards and developing a food safety program. 3 Ability to use terminology, appropriate to the field of food processing, correctly and contextually. 4 Ability to identify and control risks relevant to occupational health and safety. 5 Ability to identify quality aspects of food products and develop a quality management system.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4,5
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures are used to deliver content relevant to the specified Knowledge Objectives and practical activities are used to enable students to achieve the specified Skill Objectives. Lectures also include open discussion, sample problems and demonstrations. Time allocated to lectures and practicals can be used for tutorials on request.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Week Type of learning activity Topic Week 1 Overview of the food industry Food processing in Australia
Trade balances Employment in the food processing industry
Week 2 Overview of the food processing industry (continued) Emerging issues and opportunities
A South Australian perspective
Growth challenges Limitations and threats
Week 3 Hygiene for food handlers South Australian Food Act
Unsafe and unsuitable food Offences relating to food
Week 4 Hygiene for food handlers (continued) Food safety practices and general requirements Food premises and equipment Week 5 Principles of food spoilage and control Causes of food spoilage
Advantages of food preservation
Methods of food preservation
Week 6 Principles of food spoilage and control (continued) Heating
Chilling and freezing
Fermentation Advanced preservation methods
Week 7 Food safety programs HACCP programs
The seven HACCP principles
Critical control points
Week 8 Food safety programs (continued) Critical limits
Forms and records Reviewing a food safety program
Week 9 Industry visits Factory visits Week 10 OH&S in the food industry Work health and safety laws
Responsibilities of employers
Responsibilities of employees The hierarchy of risk control
Week 11 Quality management in the food industry Definitions of quality
Quality control and quality assurance
Specifications The 7 quality tools
Week 12 Revision of core concepts Summary of key components of the course Discussion of questions from past exams
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Assessment task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Written assignment #1 Summative Week 4 15% LO 1-5 Written Assignment #2 Summative Week 5 15% LO 1-5 Laboratory report #1 Summative Week 9 10% LO 1-5 Laboratory report #2 Summative Week 10 10% LO 1-5 Final exam Summative 50% LO 1-5
The written assignments include the following tasks:
1. Tasks that require recall of knowledge given in lectures, practicals and readings
2. Tasks that require comprehension of unfamiliar relevant scientific text and scenarios
3. Tasks that require the application of knowledge, laws, principles and guidelines to unfamiliar problems
4. Tasks that require the analysis of data which is either fictitious, sourced from the literature or generated during laboratory sessions
5. Tasks that require information to be synthesised and which conforms to a project brief, e.g. instructions for making a new food product
6. Evaluation and critical appraisal of novel information
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The final exam also challenges students with tasks of the type listed above. Exemplars can be viewed in past exam papers.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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