Applied Food Science
Dig into a satisfying food career where you control the quality, nutritional value, labelling and safety of food. Food scientists research, develop and analyse ways to prepare, process and preserve raw ingredients from paddock to plate.
Your upfront cost: $0
- 28 Feb 2022
- 29 Aug 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- analyse significant food preservation techniques through analysis of the history of the food industry;
- analyse the chemical, physical & nutritional changes to food components during processing;
- evaluate the integration of different scientific manipulations to raw foods in the production of foods for human consumption, including foods for specific dietary purposes;
- evaluate the processes involved in food product development;
- develop, package, label and market ‘suitable for sale’ food product that meet specific nutritional criteria.
- Food preservation, history, techniques
- Cereals, Grains and Baked Products, Sweeteners
- Biotechnologies in Food
- Fruits and Vegetables, Legumes and Nuts
- Meat and Meat Products, Eggs
- Seafood, Dairy and Dairy Products;
- Chocolate and confectionery
- Nutritional Analysis of Recipes
- Understanding Food Labelling
- Marketing food products
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- LTU-DTN402-Applied Food Science (No longer available)
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- LTU-DTN102-Applied Food Chemistry (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation you will be permitted to enrol in this subject, however you should withdraw your enrolment, or it will be withdrawn on your behalf, if you are unsuccessful in passing the prerequisite subject once results are released.
- Software requirements - FoodWorks software by Xyris is required in this subject.
- Other requirements - This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. In this subject you will be required to complete cooking and food science practicals/ assessment tasks in your own kitchen or one you arrange to access. You will need to purchase ingredients and have access to standard kitchen equipment including a digital thermometer and digital scales. Cooking or handling foods from across all food groups (including red meat, eggs and milk) is part of the required coursework. Sensory analysis requiring the tasting of food, is at your discretion to accommodate special dietary requirements. Students should direct any questions to the Course Coordinators prior to enrolment. Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree.
Please note: this subject was previously known as DTN402 Applied Food Science.
In this subject students will develop detailed knowledge of how scientific manipulations of food impact on individual food components. Students will critically examine the processes involved in producing foods for human consumption from raw ingredients, highlighting food production and processing techniques that bring about changes to the biological, chemical, physical and nutritional state of the food. Through the development of a food product suitable for sale students will apply their knowledge of food safety, food production on a medium-large scale, sensory analysis, food labelling law, the development of standard costed recipes and nutritional analysis of recipes. Students will translate food science for consumers through development of a food label with supporting marketing and publicity materials.
This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.
In this subject you will be required to complete food science practical assessment tasks in your own kitchen or one you arrange to access. You will need to purchase ingredients and have access to standard kitchen equipment including a digital thermometer and digital scales. Cooking or handling foods across all food groups (including red meat, eggs and milk) is part of the required degreework. Sensory analysis requiring the tasting of food, is at your discretion to accommodate special dietary requirements. Students should direct any questions to the Degree Coordinators prior enrolment.
- Practical Report/s (800 word equivalent) (20%)
- One 1500-word Individual Project Report (40%)
- Two 50-minute online tests (1,500 words equiv) (40%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
Textbook information is pending.