FOOD SC 3028WT - Sensory Evaluation of Foods III
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code FOOD SC 3028WT Course Sensory Evaluation of Foods III Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description The role of sensory evaluation in marketing of food and beverages, physiological and psychological factors affecting sensory perception, relationships between sensory properties and product acceptability, measurement of sensory perception, design and conduct of sensory evaluation experiments, difference testing, preference testing, panel selection procedures, taste and aroma profiling, texture profiling, shelf life determination, sensory quality control, product development and optimisation, strategies for developing sensory evaluation programs. A range of food and beverage products will be assessed using the techniques and principles present in the lecture program.
Course Coordinator: Matthew Wilson
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 sensory analysis 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 analyse the sensory properties of food. This will include experimental planning, the preparation of suitable samples and the use of instruments e.g. viscometers and colour meters, as well as the collection of experimental data and its presentation, statistical analysis and interpretation. 3 Ability to use terminology, appropriate to the field of sensory analysis, correctly and contextually. 4 Ability to explain the benefits and limitations (scientific and ethical) of the sensory evaluation of food and be able to recommend, justify and critique commonly used methods of sensory analysis. 5 Capacity to formulate foods that meet specified sensory requirements and which are intended to contribute to reducing community health concerns.
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
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
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 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.
Online LearningStudents will need to regularly access the My Uni course site for:
1. Course announcements.
2. Copies of the lecture PowerPoints. These will be uploaded onto the course My Uni site prior to each lecture.
3. Lecture recordings.
4. Copies of assignments and assessment information
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures 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.
Students unable to attend face to face practicals can undertake alternative online assignments.
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
This course will cover the following topics in lectures, tutorials and practicals:
- Sensory evaluation principles and technique
- Measurement of sensory thresholds
- Discrimination testing
- Descriptive analysis
- Acceptance and preference testing
- Sensory analysis in quality control
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 Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Due Assignment #1
Formative & Summative 20% No LO 1-5 Wedneday Week 8 Assignment #2
Formative & Summative 20% No LO 1-5 Week 11 Online Quiz X4 Formative & Summative 20%
No LO 1-5 Weeks 3,7,10, 12 Final Exam, Open Book, 2-hour Summative 40% No LO 1-5 Official Exam Timetable
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
Practicals Attendance at practicals/tutorials Yes Missed practicals – it may be possible to
make these up, but this is not easy to arrange
Assessment DetailAssignment 1 (20%),
Due Week 8
Part 1 - Oral presentation (15%)
Working in groups, students will research their topic and create a PowerPoint presentation on applying digital technologies in sensory evaluation on one of the following topics:
- Virtual reality
- Augmented reality
- Facial expression reader
Each group will submit a PowerPoint file with a minimum of 1 slide per topic:
Title slide (1 slide)Introduction of the technology (1-2 slides)
How can this technology be applied to the food sensory field? (1-2 slides)
Advantages of using this technology ( 1 slide)
Disadvantages of using this technology (1 slide)
Current application (1 Research article using this technology) (1-2 slides)
Working in the same groups, students present their PowerPoint. One slide per student excluding the title slide (max. 10 minutes).
Part 2 Peer Assessment (5%)
Students will be required to submit a reflection on their learning about the presentation of one of the topics from part 1. It will also
include a peer assessment, describing what they liked about it and improvements to be made.
Assignment 2 (20%)
Due Week 11
Through a series of short answer questions and probability calculations, students will
be able to demonstrate their:
(a) understanding of sensory thresholds, how they are determined and their
importance in sensory analysis;
(b) understanding of the protocols used, and the strengths and weaknesses
of standard experimental designs typically used in hedonic testing; and
(c) knowledge of the appropriate statistical tests and how and when they are
used to interpret data from the various experimental designs commonly used in hedonic
Online Quiz x 4 (20% in total)
Due Weeks: 3,7,10,12
Students will complete a total of 4 quizzes during semester (worth 5% each). Quizzes will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Final Exam, (40%),
Due: in the official exam period
This final theory exam will be online, open-book and 2-hours duration. It will examine all components of the course, consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions.
SubmissionLate submission of assessments
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.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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