Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Science, Malaysia


Dr Choo Wee Sim



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Food preservation deals with the methods of prevention or retardation of microbial, chemical and physical degradation of foods, while maintaining their nutritional quality, flavour and consumer appeal. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the scientific basis of the various traditional, modern and novel methods of food preservation for distribution and storage. Practical, cost-effective and safe preservation techniques to extend the shelf-life of foods will be discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the various ways that foods may be preserved including thermal and non-thermal processing;

  1. Explain the scientific basis of the various preservation techniques and to be able to apply the appropriate preservation techniques for different foods;

  1. Select the appropriate packaging for different foods with consideration of the use of resources, packaging stability and food safety;

  1. Determine shelf life for foods subjected to different preservation techniques, and be able to locate and appraise appropriate legislation and authoritative guidelines relating to shelf life extension;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how regional culture may affect acceptance of different preservation techniques;

  1. Demonstrate advanced scientific report writing and team work skills.


Mid-semester exam: 20%
Practical reports: 30%
Three hour final exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures per week plus 27 contact hours for practical classes

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Chief examiner(s)


BTH2811 or FST2810; and BTH2830 or MIC2011