Courses & Units

Advanced Food Safety Management KLA394

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


KLA394 may form part of a microbiology major in the BSc degree course, together with three or more of CJA313, CJA314, KLA346, KLA396, KLA392, 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.

By special arrangement, and as appropriate, KLA394 can be undertaken by domestic students in Semester 1.


Food safety management, particularly for microbial hazards, is undergoing revolutionary change internationally. Essentially, a more wholistic approach is being advocated that relies on analysis and synthesis of knowledge and data from several scientific disciplines. The approach is termed 'risk analysis’.

This unit, which complements Food Microbiology (KLA396) will consider the cause and nature of physical, chemical and microbial food-borne hazards; technologies for detection, quantification and elimination of hazards in foods; and provide theoretical and applied instruction on contemporary methods of food safety management, with particular emphasis on quantitation, probability and mathematical modelling approaches (e.g. predictive microbiology, statistical sampling methods, risk assessment, stochastic modelling approaches). Greater emphasis is given to control of microbial hazards. The unit considers how these tools and knowledge can be used to improve understanding of food safety risk associated with particular foods and how those insights can be, and are, translated into practical strategies to manage the safety of food in individual businesses and along entire supply chains.


Unit name Advanced Food Safety Management
Unit code KLA394
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Tom Ross

Teaching staff

Zoe Bartlett and others, including invited experts.

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010911

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KLA210 or CBA260 or CBA265 or JFA214 or CXA241 or Admission into a Masters course

Mutual Exclusions

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

  • KLA602


Teaching Pattern

Semester 2, offered on all campuses, by external delivery via WWW (MyLO) and 18 multi-media lessons (supplied via. USB 'memory stick'), and a complementary reader, equivalent to 26 lectures plus 40 hour of independent or collaborative project and assignment work. Assignments will involve strong interaction with staff from the University's Centre for Food Safety and Innovation and other food industry organisations.  One asynchronous on-line discussion/tutorial per week.


3-hr exam (50%), continuous assessment (50%) comprising: 3 assignments (35%) and 10 on-line discussions (15%)

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Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.  A printed reader will be supplied and supplementary readings provided via MyLO  and in the digital lessons on the  USB 'memory stick'.


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