FOOD SC 3530WT - Food Preservation & Packaging Techniques III
Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code FOOD SC 3530WT Course Food Preservation & Packaging Techniques III Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites FOOD SC 1000RG OR FOOD SC 1002RG Course Description This course provides an overview of food preservation and handling including fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and pulses, fish, red meat, and milk. It presents comprehensive preservation methods based on chemical and microbiological additives, such as fermentation and pH lowering agents. There is also an extensive description of preservation methods using thermal and other non-thermal methods energy such as irradiation, high-pressure, and pulsed electric or magnetic fields.
Students are introduced to principles of packaging and how these principles relate to processing, preservation, distribution and promotion of food products. Students identify available packaging materials, understand how to link materials to safety, quality and shelf life of foods and to compare and contrast different packaging materials. Consideration is given to the National Packaging Targets aimed at achieving a circular economy for packaging, ensuring all packaging can be reused, recycled or composted.
This course will also provide students with the knowledge to enable them to choose the appropriate preservation techniques and packaging materials and types in relation to the food and to understand any problems that may occur due to inappropriate processing and/or packaging.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hayriye Bozkurt
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 the principles of food preservation. 2 Describe the technologies used to effect preservation, including both thermal and non-thermal techniques. 3 Identify application/s of the preservation process depending on type of food. 4 Discuss properties and uses of food packaging materials, including environmental issues, regulations and quality control. 5 Evaluate the implications of preservation and packaging techniques on the physical, chemical, microbiological and nutritional quality of foods.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
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Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryThis course will cover the following topics in lectures, tutorials and practicals:
- Overview of Food Preservation
- Preservation of Fresh Food Products
- Preservation using Chemicals
- Preservation using Microbes
- Preservation by Controlling Water, Structure,
- Preservation Using Heat and Energy
- Packaging as a Preservation Technique ll
- Types of Packaging Materials Used for Foods
- Food Packaging Interaction
- Industrial approach
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Learning Outcome Due Practical Report Formative and Summative
No 1,2,3,5 Week 5
Online Quizzes x 4
Formative and Summative 20% No 1-5 Weeks 3,7,10,13 Packaging Report
Short and long answer questions
Formative and Summative 15% No 1,4,5 Week 9
Food Preservation Poster & Group Presentation
Formative and Summative 20%
includes 5% from peer review
No 1,2,3,5 Week 11
(2 hours duration)
Summative 35% No 1-5 Exam Period
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with
Hurdle or compulsory component
% needed to meet
hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component
Is additional assessment
available if student does not meet hurdle requirement or compulsory component,
if no please explain
assessment is available, explain what type
Attendance at Practicals is compulsory Attendance Yes Missed practicals – it may be possible to
make these up, but this is not easy to arrange
Assessment DetailPractical Report (10%)
Students complete one Practical Report which is based on a practical which occurs early in the semester.
Students are expected to provide a full formal practical write-up including aims, introduction, materials & method, results, discussion and conclusion.
Students will be required to answer questions regarding the practical aim/s and outcomes, as well as to demonstrate an understanding of the skills learnt. Students are also required to interpret and discuss the results. This includes costing, making suggestions for improvements and minimising error.
Online Quizzes (total 20%)
Students will complete a total of 4 quizzes during semester (worth 5% each). Quizzes will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions and relate to previous weeks practicals and the relevant theory covered in the lectures and tutorials.
Packaging Report (15%)
Short and Long answer questions
Students research, analyse and then describe various advanced packaging techniques available to food industry. Questions relate to specific packaging techniques, their application/s and the role of packaging materials, sustainability and impact on environment.
Food Preservation Poster (20%, includes 5% from peer review)
Groups of students will select a topical issue on a selected Food Preservation technique from the list provided in Week 1. Students are to develop a poster which describes, analyses and evaluates this preservation method. This poster will be made using the UoA poster template. Each group will present their poster to the class in Week 11, giving a 10-minute talk. Each group collectively assesses the other groups’ posters and presentations. This peer assessment will contribute 5% to the overall mark for this assessment.
Students will be required to:
• Research information about the food preservation techniques and food spoilage from a variety of sources
• Analyse, evaluate and critique the information gathered in relation to the technique
• Summarise their findings using text, table/s, graph/s and diagram/s to aid in the delivery of their findings.
Final Exam (35%)
This will be a 2-hour summative closed-book exam during the University Exam Period. The final theory exam will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
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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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