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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Siow Lee Fong


Food science is a highly interdisciplinary applied science. It incorporates concepts from many different fields including microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry and nutrition. This unit provides a comprehensive review of the biological and chemical concepts that are important in food science. Students will be introduced to food composition, food groups and their constituents and the nutritive values of food constituents. Nutrition labelling, food safety, food laws and regulations, quality factors in foods, sensory evaluation and a brief introduction to food processing, packaging and food spoilage and control are included. Regional food culture and current issues in food science, nutrition and technology will also be discussed. This unit provides an introduction to food science and technology and is a basis for more advanced study.


After completing this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of the scope of food science and its relationship with nutrition and food technology, and an understanding of the importance of food processing, packaging and preservation.
  2. A basic understanding of food composition, food groups and their constituents, and the nutritive aspects of various food groups.
  3. Knowledge related to nutrition labelling, food safety, food laws and regulations and sensory evaluation.
  4. An awareness of the regional food culture and current issues in food science, nutrition and technology.
  5. An ability to acquire and assess information and knowledge from the scientific literature, to discuss topical issues that are important in food science and to work as a team.
  6. Sound scientific written and oral communication skills.


Assignment (10%), practical reports (30%), online tests (10%) and final examination (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Siow Lee Fong

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures per week
3 hours of laboratory practicals per week