KLA396 may form part of a microbiology major in the BSc degree course, together with three or more of CJA313, CJA314, KLA304, KLA346, KLA392, KLA394, KLA304 (if taken in conjunction with KLA396) and/or KLA398. Interested students who have not undertaken one of the nominated prerequisite units should contact the Unit Co-ordinator to discuss possible entry to the unit.
This unit equips students with knowledge of the role of microorganisms in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives, including the effect of temperature, pH, water activity and other factors affecting the growth and decline of microbial cells and populations in foods. Underlying microbiological science will be discussed as well how the food industry uses that information in technologies and strategies for provision of safe, wholesome and enhanced foods that match consumer expectations. Specific topics include: microbial fermentations and biotechnological applications in foods; spoilage processes and food processing technologies; microbial hazards associated with foods and their physiology and mechanisms of virulence; and current approaches to food safety assurance including HACCP, risk assessment and predictive microbiology.
The practical component includes basic food microbiology techniques, visits to food processing factories, and supervised small group research projects.
|Unit name||Food Microbiology|
|Faculty/School||Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
Assoc Prof T Ross
Dr. C. Kocharunchitt and others from the Centre for Food Safety and Innovation of the School of Land and Food.
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
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KLA210 or CJA214 or JFA214 or CXA241 or Admission into a Masters course
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
26 lectures, 13 x 3 lab classes/excursions, 4 one hour tutorials
3-hr theory exam (50%), essay on a contemporary food microbiology research topic (15%), reports on practicals (10%), projects (20%) and excursions (5%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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