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Food For a Healthy Planet II (UNIB20014)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20014
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will use a variety of delivery tools including in-class lecture, case analysis, problems, invited expert seminars etc. This will include modules on science, health, economics, politics & law, social issues relating to food and food security. The primary aim in this year is to engage the students in broad range of issues associated with food and food future. In this course the students would become familiar with the key literature in the area, and the roles of key food regulatory organisations.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Designer foods such as probiotics and functional foods
  • Global food security and famine
  • Food production systems and multi food supply chain
  • Economics of food
  • Adverse reactions to food, food and immune system, food allergy and food safety
  • Organic foods and genetic modification and GM food labelling
  • Food laws and politics of food
  • Health issues – the obesity epidemic, salts, fats and sugars

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the nutritional benefits of a range of foods
  • Incorporate consideration of global food politics, security and sustainability in applying expertise in other knowledge domains
  • Critically evaluate use of biotechnology in production, safety and quality of food for a healthy planet

Generic skills

  • The ability to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and across broad discipline areas
  • The ability to examine and evaluate critically information from a variety of sources and assess its quality and relevance to issues under discussion
  • The ability to write a logically argued and well researched essay
  • The ability to develop as a well-informed citizen better able to contribute to their community

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

At least 50 points of prior university education in any field.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Report (1000 words) due in Week 8 (25%)
  • 1-hour mid-semester test in Week 6 (25%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend 8 out of 10 tutorials.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMohan Singh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours including two one-hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours in total

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A reading pack will be produced and made available as hard copy or through the LMS online.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 June 2019