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Food Packaging Materials and Processes (FOOD90031)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFOOD90031
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This subject provides an overview of food packaging materials, processes and secondary packaging which has important roles in product preservation and safety, extended shelf life, consumer protection, sustainability and reduced carbon footprint, logistics and tracking, active packaging, modified atmosphere, marketing and other contemporary issues such as polymer and biopolymer technologies. The choice of material and processes involved are central to the functionality and cost of packaging. These are also the areas of most active development and innovation. A combination of lectures and manufacturer (within Melbourne and surrounds) visits will provide students with demonstrable knowledge of food packaging materials and processes. Some of the materials will be taught by industry experts.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field of packaging materials and processes
  • To develop the cognitive, technical and creative skills necessary to underpin understanding of recent innovations in packaging materials and processing
  • To investigate and apply innovative approaches to the contemporary, interdisciplinary management of commercial food systems
  • To demonstrate a critical understanding of environmental, economic, social and ethical factors related to packaging materials and processes with the cognitive, technical and creative skills necessary to communicate the information to a specialist and non-specialist audience

Generic skills

Students in this unit should:

  • Develop an ability to derive, interpret and analyse technical or economic information from primary and other sources toward optimal solutions in packaging materials and processes
  • Enhance capacity for creativity and innovative thinking, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Develop ability to solve problems in applied industry situations
  • Further advance oral and written communication skills to allow informed dialogue, written solutions to problems and presenting findings to industry, government, peers and the community
  • Gain a better understanding of social and cultural diversity and environmental implications in making decisions regarding packaging materials and processes
  • Further enhance capacity to manage small design projects with particular attention to planning, time management and team development skills

Last updated: 23 May 2019