Courses & Units

Food Microbiology KLA396

Note:

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 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.

Introduction

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 for 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.

Summary

Unit name Food Microbiology
Unit code KLA396
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator

Assoc Prof T Ross

Teaching staff

Dr. C. Kocharunchitt and others from the Food Safety Centre of the School of Land and Food.

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

Note

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

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Requisites

Prerequisites

KLA210 or CJA214 or JFA214 or CXA241 or Admission into a Masters course

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KLA609

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

 26 lectures, 13  x 3 lab classes/excursions, 4 one hour tutorials

Assessment

3-hr theory exam (50%), essay (15%), reports on practicals, projects and excursions (35%)

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Textbooks

Required

Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.

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