ENVH12001 - Food Safety

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Every year, millions of Australians suffer illness associated with food and it has been estimated that every Australian will experience an episode of foodborne illness every four years. In this unit, students will learn about methods of safe food preparation and the importance of food safety in commercial and regulatory contexts. Students will learn to identify common food contaminants, the sources of these contaminants and the epidemiology of food-borne illness using case studies. During residential school, skills will be developed in the identification and evaluation of food safety hazards and ways to control these hazards. An important skill developed in the unit is the application of Australian food legislation to the risk assessment of food premises. Students will also develop an appreciation of emerging issues such as food security, food allergies and intolerances, genetically modifed foods and organic food production.


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

Prerequisite: 48 credit points

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 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
2. Portfolio 35%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 37.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 42.11% 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: Unit Evaluation
Updating the textbook
Each year a search is conducted for the most relevant and current textbook. To date the most relevant is the current textbook. This will be reviewed again for 2022. It is proposed to replace the text with an e-reading list with relevant sections/chapters from several other textbooks/sources.
Action Taken
The current text remains the most relevant but other resources will be considered for future offerings.
Source: Unit Evaluation
A stronger exemplar for Assessment 3 Review of Food Business Application
The current exemplar used for the review of the Food Business Application will be updated for 2022.
Action Taken
Exemplar updated.
Source: Reflection on grades and SUTE feedback.
Students from the BMEdSci (Nutrition) found the course challenging this year without having a lecturer able to put the material into the context of their chosen discipline and profession.
Reintroduce the public health nutrition academic as a co-lecturer for the unit. Update lecture content to ensure currency and make the connection between food safety and nutrition more evident. Reintroduce specific tutorials for Nutrition students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe conditions conducive to safe food preparation.
  2. Identify common food contaminants, the sources of these contaminants and their potential health impacts.
  3. Identify food safety hazards; evaluate the risk of these hazards; and develop appropriate control strategies..
  4. Interpret and apply food safety legislation in assessing food premise applications and conducting regulatory compliance assessments.
  5. Discuss contemporary food safety issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment