Advanced Food Analysis

Subject FOOD30008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures and 36 hours of practicals and demonstrations
Total Time Commitment: Not available

One of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and nutrition.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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; and
  • 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; and
  • select rapid or instrumental methods for appropriate types of analyses, in order to reduce using chemicals and to protect the environment.
  • One 1-hour mid-semester exam, worth 25%.
  • Two practical reports (750 words each), worth 30%.
  • One 2-hour final exam during the final examination period, worth 45%.
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Breadth Options:

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

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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.
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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