FOOD30008 Advanced Food Analysis

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours comprising of 24 hours of lectures and 36 hours of practicals and demonstrations
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


Students should have completed one of the following subjects (12.5 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that students have a basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and nutrition by completing the following subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Said Ajlouni



Subject Overview:

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.

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
  • 1-hour mid-semester exam (25%)
  • 1 practical report (1000 words) due in Week 10 (25%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester exam (50%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agri-food Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Food Science
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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