FST3840 - Food processing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science


Dr Ashwini Gengatharan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Processed foods are increasingly popular around the world owing to their convenience, extended shelf life, and palatability. This unit introduces students to food processing principles that group physical food processes into basic unit operations such as fluid flow, heat transfer, drying, evaporation, contact equilibrium processes, mechanical separations, size reduction and mixing. After this, the unit expands on various processing techniques that transform raw materials into foods that are safe (chemically and microbiologically), nutritious, convenient and attractive to consumers. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques used in the processing of various food groups. Students will be familiar with the physical processes and equipment used in processing of various food groups, and the regulation of food industry products and practices.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the various processing technologies that are used to transform raw materials into nutritious, safe and attractive food products;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the food processing equipment and food regulations;
  3. Explain the scientific basis of the various food processing unit operations;
  4. Select the appropriate processing techniques for different foods;
  5. Assess the effects of various processing techniques on food quality, safety and nutrition;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of food regulations;
  7. Keep up to date with new and emerging technologies in food processing;
  8. Demonstrate advanced scientific report writing skills.


Laboratory sessions and practical reports:35%

Assignment: 15%

Examination (2 hours):50%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


BTH2811 or FST2810, and CHM2962