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Advanced Food Analysis (FOOD30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeFOOD30008
Semester 1
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Advanced food analysis will teach students most rapid and standard conventional methods commonly used in food analysis.

These analytical techniques will include:

  • The selection of appropriate scientific methods for a specific food analysis, physical and chemical parameters
  • Principles of instrumentation and/or methodology and applications of these principles to the technologies employed in analytical techniques
  • Comparison of instrumental and/or rapid methods to conventional techniques of analysis
  • Operation, calibration and standardisation procedures as applicable to particular techniques
  • Troubleshooting techniques in conventional and rapid analyses
  • Assessment and evaluation of data derived from researches and product development

Methods to be examined are titration; rheology; chromatography (HPLC, GLC, ion exchange separations, spectrophotometry, UV, visible, infrared); AA; mass spectrometry; ELISA; fluorescence spectrometry and sensory.

Intended learning outcomes

On the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the physical and chemical principles which underlie rapid and instrumental techniques for testing and analysing raw materials and finished products
  • Evaluate innovative instrumental methods for specific purposes and materials against criteria of reliability and validity of results, and of cost and efficiency of monetary and labour resources
  • Select rapid or instrumental methods for appropriate types of analyses, in order to reduce using chemicals and to protect the environment

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Be able to argue formally about the best method of food analysis for a specific purpose
  • Evaluate standard methods of analysis to determine accuracy and precision of measurements
  • Analyse data and integrate it with critical thinking
  • Improve interpretation of data in a written format
  • Be prepared for participation in team work
  • Engage with national and international issues related to food analyses

Last updated: 10 August 2019