FOOD SC 3530RG - Food Preservation & Packaging Techniques III
Regency Park - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code FOOD SC 3530RG Course Food Preservation & Packaging Techniques III 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 Prerequisites FOOD SC 1000RG Incompatible FOOD SC2503RG Restrictions Available to BFNS students only Course Description The goal of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of food preservation and food packaging.
Food preservation: Preservation by chilling, freezing, canning, fermentation, concentration, dehydration, smoking, by chemical agents and novel non thermal techniques. Production of a range of foods using these manufacturing techniques and processes. Student will develop an understanding of shelf life and nutritional consequences of preservation.
Food Packaging: Principles of flexible and rigid packaging of foods. Investigation of packaging types related to use with various food systems and packaging permeability. Passive and active packaging including modified atmosphere packaging and controlled atmosphere storage of foods. Reuse, disposability and printing of packaging. Labelling techniques and legislative requirements for labelling food and beverage products will also be covered in this course.
Course Coordinator: Rai Peradka
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Explain major food preservation techniques and underlying principles.
2. Understand the technologies available in Australia for food processing.
3. Determine suitable methods of processing techniques for a chosen food.
4. Research novel food processing methods including non-thermal food processing techniques
5. Identify the purpose and principles of food packaging.
6. Examine major packaging materials used in the food packaging.
7. Evaluate the suitability of packaging material for a particular type of food.
8. Analyse the operations involved in packaging material manufacture.
9. Review legal, environmental and quality aspects associated with packaging materials and operations used in the food industry.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-9 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,7,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3,6,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5,9 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1. Food Processing Technology 3rd Edition, 2009, P.J Fellows, CRC WP
2. Food Processing: Principles and Applications, 2006, Ramaswamy Hosahalli, Mechelle Marcotte, CRC Press
3. Handbook of Food Preservation Edited by M. Shaffiur Rahman, 2007,CRC Press
4. Food Processing and Preservation, B Sivasankar, 2005, Printice- Hall of India, New Delhi,
5. Emerging Technologies for Food Processing 2014, Da-Wen Sun, Elseveir Ltd
6. Advances in Thermal and Non-Thermal Food Preservation, 2007, Gaurav Tewari & Vijay K. Juneja, Blackwell Publishing, USA
7. Food and Beverage Packaging Technology, 2nd Edition,2011, Edited by Richard Coles and Mark Kilwan, Wiley-Blackwell
8. Food Packaging Technology, 2003, Coles. Richard et al, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford
9. Food Packaging ‘Principles and Practice’ Second Edn., 2005, G.L. Robertson
10. Food Plant Sanitation, ‘Design, Maintenance, and Good Manufacturing Practices’ 2006, Michael M. Cramer, CRC Press, US.
Online LearningFrom time to time information about Assignments and Practicals are disseminated to students via Blackboard. Lecture PowerPoint files are available on request via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 4 hour practical per week
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 SummaryThe course will cover topics on conventional food preservation and novel non thermal preservation techniques as applied to process various kinds of food commodities available in Australia. Students will get to learn hands on manufacturing techniques and processes during practical. Students will learn modern Food Packaging techniques, including reuse, disposability and printing
of packaging materials. Labelling techniques and legislative requirements for labelling food and beverage products will also include in the lecture.
Each lecture is followed by practical to apply the theory principles into practice.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment
for grading purposes
Yes or No
(Consists of part a & B)
20% No 1-9 Week 8 Practical reports
20% No 3-7 To be submitted 2 weeks
from the day practical
Final exam Summative 60% No 1-9 Exam period
One Assignment consists of 2 parts as below (submitted together)
Assignment Part A: Covers learning outcomes 1-4, 10% worth of marks
Students to research two different preservation techniques for a chosen food commodity and write a 2000 word technical report on a processing method including food quality parameters.
Assignment Part B: Covers learning outcomes 5-9, 10% worth of marks
Students research two different packaging techniques such as Aseptic Packaging, Modified Atmosphere Packaging or Controlled Atmosphere Packaging as per the criteria given in the assignment sheet and marks assigned. Students to prepare a 2000 word review on how these methods are applied in the food industry.
The written assignments include evaluation and critical appraisal of new technical information, tasks such as review of knowledge given in lectures, practicals and further readings. They also require comprehension of unfamiliar relevant scientific text and scenarios. Students will learn application of knowledge, laws, principles and guidelines to new topic areas.
Students are required to submit 7 practical write-ups for the practicals conducted.
Students have to conduct the practical summarise/tabulate results and then prepare a report for each practical. Practical report includes introduction, results discussion and summary. Questions for discussion outlined in the practical handbook.
In addition practicals help students develop interpersonal skills, team work and time management.
Practical Reports are due in 2 weeks after each practical is conducted and students will receive written feedback on each of practical reports submitted for assessment.
Written Theory Exam: Closed book 60% for 3 hours
The final exam consists of short answer, long answer and critique case scenarios.
Students are tested to demonstrate must know knowledge of learning outcomes and critical evaluation of simulated case studies without reference materials. Exam also challenges students to work under pressure and manage time.
Exemplars can be viewed in past exam papers.
Hard copies of assignments must be submitted to the Administration office in Corridor 2 of K Block by the date and time that will be specified. Submission dates will always be dates on which lectures are delivered to avoid the need to travel to the TAFE campus on other days. A cover sheet is required and will be provided via MyUni.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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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