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Undergraduate | LTU-DTN1CFC | 2024

Chemistry Of Food And Cooking

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Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Chemistry Of Food And Cooking

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of food commodities and classification and use several classification systems to describe a food and discuss the value of the classification.
    2. Describe the chemistry of macro and micronutrients, alcohol, water and non-nutrients including the formation of each component from basic organic compounds and their key functions in the human body.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of nutrient and dietary analysis and determine the accuracy of a nutritional analysis of a meal or recipe.
    4. Describe changes in chemical and nutritional composition of foods from primary production through to consumer usage, incorporating food supply, production, storage, transport, preparation and usage.
    5. Understand and demonstrate how to prepare and cook food in a manner that meets Australian food safety standards and apply principles of food chemistry.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • LAT-HUN-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Prior study

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:

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).

Equivalent subjects

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-CHM102-Applied Food Chemistry (no longer available)

  • LTU-DTN102 (Not currently available)


Prerequisites: Students must be admitted in the following course: HBFN
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed DIE1FFU (Food Fundamentals), or DTN1FFU (Food Fundamentals) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition