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Fermented Food and Drink XBR211



Tasmania has a growing reputation as a gourmet paradise, with high quality primary products and a growing fermented food and drink industry. In this unit, students will learn about the full production life cycle for fermented food and drink, from growing raw materials and fermentation basics, through to the packaging, labelling, distribution and marketing of final products. Development of more fermentation businesses in Tasmania may offer an alternative to current wicked problems of high regional unemployment, an economy reliant on extraction, high agricultural food waste, and over-reliance on State-based employment (Tasmania:The Tipping Point, 2013). Our students will examine specific Tasmanian fermented food and drink value chains to evaluate their triple bottom line and efficiency, and compare those with Australian and international competitor products. Students will have the opportunity to develop a structured business model for a new fermented food or drink product, and consider the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the new product's production and distribution chain.

This unit is offered in a blended mode (online Week 1 commencing on 30th October 2017 + an intensive, one-week block at Sandy Bay Campus commencing 20th November 2017) or as a fully online mode. During face-to-face week, on-campus students will undertake field trips, do hands-on fermented food and drink making, participate in small group work and have tutorial sessions. Students studying online will be provided video resources and encouraged to undertake home-based fermentation activities. They will also need to commit to group work through on-line means.

While staff from the School of Land and Food and the Tasmanian School of Business & Economic drive this breadth unit, expert input and content has been sourced from a wide Tasmanian network across a range of fermentation industries so all students will have access to a wide range of other on-line materials, as well as participating in on-line learning, with gateway quizzes to assess learning as students progress, and on-line tutorials. Assessment is 100% internal (i.e., no exam) and structured to encourage you to actively engage with ideas and issues, reflect on your learning, and learn collaboratively.


Unit name Fermented Food and Drink
Unit code XBR211
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Tasmanian School of Business & Economics|TIA-Research Institute

Ms Gail Gnoinski

Teaching staff

Dr Gemma Lewis, Mrs Simone Bingham, Dr Jo Jones

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (extended) On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 29/10/2018 21/11/2018 24/12/2018 17/2/2019

* 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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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $2,438.00 080321

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Teaching Pattern

Hobart:  online delivery combined with an intensive, one week block session during November.

Launceston or Cradle Coast:  fully online mode via MyLO materials, MyMedia (Echo) recordings, Video Recordings of industry speakers and e-Tutorials.


A total of four assessment tasks:  (25%), (25%), (35%) and (15%).

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