CHEM12077 - Food Science & Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn theoretical and practical applications in food science and analysis. You will become familiar with laboratory compliance procedures, interpret risks and appropriate risk-minimisation approaches. The theoretical concepts will include an overview of food science, systems and sustainability, food chemistry and composition, food quality and safety, food preservation, food additives, foods and food products, fermentation, microorganisms, biotechnology, food packaging, environmental concerns and processing, and food regulation and labelling. Contents covered in this unit will provide a sturdy basis for studies in food science, systems and sustainability. Contents covered in this unit will enable you to be able to understand the implications of food science and analysis associated with manufacturing, environment, biotechnology and regulations. Accompanying the theory, you will enhance your practical skills by learning the operation and maintenance of common instrumentation used for food analysis, perform wet chemical analysis, data interpretation and appropriate communication of the results.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: CHEM11041 OR CHEM11043 or (CHEM11044 and CHEM11045)


Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.26% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students felt that the residential school for this unit was well-organised and ran smoothly. Students felt they have learned a lot both in terms of content and laboratory skills. They also commented that all staff were very helpful and ensured that they understood what they were doing and why they were doing it. Students had a great experience.
Recommendation
We will continue to maintain the high standards set for residential school offered in this unit going forward.
Action Taken
A successful residential school was delivered again in 2020.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
More direction should be given for the chemistry side of this course.
Recommendation
We note that the weekly topic contents have been changed to reflect the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) 2019 competencies in nutrition science for the offering in 2020. The chemistry content has been reduced for the 2020 offering, but some chemistry must remain in the unit for it to meet the unit learning outcomes. We will encourage students to provide more written feedback on the 2020 Have Your Say regarding this topic.
Action Taken
Due to the changes made to the weekly topic content to reflect the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) competencies in nutrition science for the offering in 2020, the chemistry content was reduced.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Learning Resources: Students wanted better exam preparation and also noted some errors in the lab practical handbook. Students noted the textbook wasn't appropriate or Australia.
Recommendation
A lecture outline and a stand-alone presentation session for exam preparation will continue to be provided for students. Errors in the laboratory handbook will be corrected. We'll look for a textbook that is better suited for the contents in this unit.
Action Taken
A lecture outline and a stand-alone presentation session for exam preparation was provided for students. A new laboratory manual was developed to provide clear and concise instructions with contents reflecting the changes made to the weekly topic content to reflect the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) competencies in nutrition science for the offering in 2020. A new textbook (as guided by the Discipline Lead in Nutrition) to reflect the changes made to the weekly topic content to reflect the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) competencies in nutrition science for the offering in 2020 was prescribed in 2020.
Source: Have Your Say, Lecturer
Feedback
Assessment Requirements: Students felt that the assessment instructions were unclear and not communicated in a meaningful way.
Recommendation
We will also provide a stand-alone, online and recorded support session devoted to questions around how to complete the assessment. Additional care will be taken to make sure that the description in the Unit Profile does not contradict the description of the assessment task on Moodle or in the stand-alone session.
Action Taken
A stand-alone, online and recorded support session devoted to questions around how to complete the assessment was provided to the students. Furthermore, exemplars responding to assessment tasks were provided to the students as a guideline.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Assessment Feedback: Students didn't provide written feedback on this item, but we will endeavour to improve it in the future.
Recommendation
The lecturer will continue to provide feedback through track changes and comments written directly into the assessment when it is returned. Students will be encouraged to contact the lecturer if they want additional feedback.
Action Taken
The teaching team endeavoured to provide feedback through track changes and comments written directly into the assessment when returned. Students were encouraged to contact the lecturer if they wanted additional feedback.
Source: Have your say - Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students felt that the residential school for this unit was well-organised and ran smoothly. Students felt they have learned a lot both in terms of content and laboratory skills. Students commented that attending the residential school not only allowed them to learn about the food products that get sent out to consumers, but also how those products are quality tested and controlled. They also commented that all staff were very helpful and ensured that they understood what they were doing and why they were doing it. Students had a great experience.
Recommendation
We will continue to maintain the high standards set for residential school offered in this unit going forward.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say - Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students commented that the learning resources for this unit were uploaded on Moodle at the end of each week which did not provide them with enough time to review the contents.
Recommendation
The teaching team will endeavour to upload all the necessary learning resources in advance on Moodle to provide students more time to review the contents.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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