Fruit and Vegetable Technology

Subject AGRI90019 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of lectures and practical activities
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment (including non-contact time): 170 hours.


Eligibility for honours or postgraduate coursework program.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Chemistry and/or biology or equivalent background

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Dr Dorin Gupta


Subject Overview:
  • Characteristics, composition and nutritional importance of fruit and vegetables;
  • Desirable and undesirable constituents;
  • Post-harvest handling
  • Genetic control of fruit ripening process;
  • Physical and chemical changes during maturation;
  • Principles of heat, moisture and environment management;
  • Quality: criteria, factors affecting, evaluation and management;
  • Pathological, disinfestation and physiological deterioration and their control;
  • Preservation and processing: basic principles of preservation;
  • Shelf life extension by scientific storage;
  • Use of sugar, chemicals, fermentation, irradiation in fruit preservation;
  • Processing methods
  • By-products of fruit and vegetables processing
  • Waste management: characterisation, planning, treatment of effluent;
  • Environmental auditing.
Learning Outcomes:

The objective of this subject is to introduce students to the science and technology associated with fruits and vegetables and their transformation into food products and ingredients.

On completion of this subject, students should have an understanding of:

  • The structure and composition of fruits and vegetables and their role in nutrition.
  • The biochemistry and physiology of fruits and vegetables and their role in pre- and post-harvest changes and in product quality.
  • The concept of quality in relation to fruit and vegetable based products.
  • Pathological and physiological deterioration and their control.
  • Preservation and processing technologies applied to fruits and vegetables.
  • Production of fresh and manufactured food products and ingredients from fruits and vegetables.

One assignment of 1500 words (25%) due approximately in week 7.

1500 words report on practical activities (25%), due approximately two weeks after the conclusion of all practical classes.

Two hour written examination (50%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • Skills in observation, critical analysis and report writing.
  • An ability to derive, interpret and evaluate social, technical and economic information from a wide variety of sources.
  • A capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Certificate in Food Science
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Food Science
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Food Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences

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