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CHEM12077 - Food Science & Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Food is a complex mixture of chemicals, including nutrients, odorants and tastants, as well as allergens and toxins. In this unit, students will study the chemistry of the major nutritive components of food (carbohydrates, lipids, and protein) as well as water, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, food additives, flavours, and colours. Students will investigate how food is altered during processing and storage and review techniques to enhance or prevent such changes. Students will also consider dietary requirements and food safety issues in modern society.

Details

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

Pre-requisite: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

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 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

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

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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: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The textbook… much of the content is unnecessary for this level of unit. This not only places undue financial burden on students but also undue stress for being unable to understand the context within the textbook. I believe with care and attention these issues may be resolved and this could be a great unit within both nutrition and chemistry disciplines
Recommendation
The text was earmarked with the Unit in its pilot delivery in 2016. It matches the content that has been mapped to the learning outcomes of a second-year unit on Food Science. An examination of prices of similar texts online reveals the price is within a similar range.
Action Taken
As part of the review of the unit (following the 2018 Science rejuvenation), we have identified another textbook that is simpler to understand. Unfortunately, textbook prices are beyond the control of the University.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The group assessment was too early in the term, leaving many groups short on numbers. I feel it would be better to be planned to open after census date to insure adequate group members are allocated. Also the group assessment task was quite heavy when compared to the percentage allocated for the assessment.
Recommendation
In 2018, the groups will be finalised after census date to ensure parity of numbers and that no group is disadvantaged. If we get a unit amendment proposal in, the weighting for Assessment Task 1 will most definitely be reviewed. Thank you for this excellent suggestion.
Action Taken
In 2018, we have opened the group assessment task in Week 4, after the Census date to overcome the problem highlighted in 2017. The weighting of the assessment task will be reviewed in the 2020 offering, when the unit will be part of the rejuvenated Science course.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
I feel like the final exam should draw more from what was learnt during the residential school, since it is a large portion of active learning for most. So maybe some additional questions/problems that were from residential school exercises would be a nice addition.
Recommendation
Another excellent suggestion – you have my assurance that it will be heeded and implemented in 2018.
Action Taken
We have continued to provide coverage of the Residential School experiments in the final examination. Additionally, we have also extended coverage of Written Assessment 1 in the examination.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students suggested that all do the same experiment at once at Res.
Recommendation
It is not possible to set up the experiments one at a time due to resource requirements. The rotational system will remain and the reasons for this made clearer to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Experiments were really helpful, relevant and interesting especially for students going into nutrition.
Recommendation
We will continue to explore relevant, practical experiments that will help apply theory into practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The provision of resources was useful for exam preparation
Recommendation
We will continue the practice of providing resources to assist with exam preparation.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of food and food technology in nutrition.
  2. Outline the major reactions occurring in foods as a result of storage, preservation and processing.
  3. Describe the beneficial and detrimental effects of microorganisms in food.
  4. Analyse food and discuss the use and development of analytical methods for food.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination