Courses & Units

Seafood Safety and Quality Control JFA216


This unit outlines quality control systems and the sensory and non-sensory evaluation of seafood. Topics will include key attributes of a quality control system, system requirements, product attributes and measurement. Students will learn to apply a range of nonsensory and sensory methods of quality assessment to a wide variety of seafood products. Non-sensory methods will include microbiological, biochemical and physical analysis while sensory methods will focus on organoleptic assessment as applied to seafood.


Unit name Seafood Safety and Quality Control
Unit code JFA216
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Mr Mike Williams
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the biological, biochemical and physical aspects of seafood quality and safety
  • Evaluate the quality of seafood using a range of sensory and non-sensory methods
  • Analyse seafood production processes to identify hazards and develop risk based food safety systems
  • Apply quality assurance principles to the seafood supply chain
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019905 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,618.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit consists of weekly lectures of 2 hours duration and weekly practicals of 3 hours duration. Students are expected to attend all lectures and practicals.

AssessmentSeminar (15%)|Lab report Microbiological assessment of fish (20%)|Video of Shelf-life Determination Experiment (25%)|Final exam (40%)
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