Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Dr Aimee Dordevic



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit will introduce food science particularly the chemistry of food components in their raw and cooked state. It will introduce food preparation and cooking skills, sensory evaluation of food, food processing, production, packaging and storage. Methods of analysing food for nutrient and non-nutrient content will be examined. Teaching will be based on interactive lectures with explicit learning objectives. These will be supplemented by tutorials to support student learning and by kitchen and laboratory practical sessions for the acquisition of basic skills in food selection, storage, preparation, cooking and food analysis.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the chemistry of macronutrients, micronutrients and non-nutrients in food.
  2. Describe the impact of the processing, production, packaging and storage of food on the nutrient and non-nutritive components of food and relate this chemistry to food taste, texture and palatability.
  3. Describe and demonstrate the principles of safe food handling.
  4. Compare and contrast Australian and International food composition data including the varying methods used to analyse nutrient content of foods and apply these data to calculate the nutrient intake of healthy individuals.
  5. Demonstrate food preparation and food analysis techniques.


6 x Laboratory & kitchen practical reports (approx. 500 words each) (50%)
Attendance (80% of practical sessions) (Hurdle)
Final exam (3 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours contact per week plus 6 hours self directed study.
Weekly contact hours = 3 x 1 hours lectures, 1 x 1 hours tutorial and equivalent of 1 x 2 hours practical.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



BND1002 and must be enrolled in course M2001.