Courses & Units

Advanced Food Safety Management KLA394

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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.


Traditional approaches to food safety assurance are failing to keep up with the modern food industry. In response, and to harmonise international trade in food, food safety management is moving to a "risk-based approach that relies strongly on synthesis of scientific evidence to generate inferences and conclusions that can be drawn from it to assist in developing more effective food safety strategies. The food industry must embrace this risk-based approach to remain competitive and innovative, and to further develop its international export markets. Equally, food safety regulators must understand how risk-based approaches can be employed to optimise the protection of public health in a socially acceptable and cost-effective way, i.e., that the price of safety does make food unaffordable.


Unit name Advanced Food Safety Management
Unit code KLA394
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Mr Chawalit Kocharunchitt
Teaching staff Professor Thomas (Tom) Ross
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the range, nature and mode of action of natural ingredients and contaminants in foods by considering the challenges in assuring food safety.
  • Explain the risk of foodborne hazards using appropriate methods of scientific risk assessment
  • Discuss the range of approaches and options for minimising the risk of hazards in foods by analysing scientific literature and data
  • Apply risk management strategies for hazards in foods using appropriate methods of scientific risk assessment
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010911 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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(Admission into a Masters course) OR ((KLA210 - Microbiology OR CBA260 - Biochemistry: Metabolism & Nutrition OR CBA265 - Molecular Biology in Health & Disease OR JFA214 - General Microbiology OR CXA241 - General and Medical Microbiology))


Teaching Pattern

This unit is fully online. Tutorials (1-2 hours) on selected topics will be conducted as required

AssessmentFinal exam (35%)|Hazard Characterisation (10%)|Exposure Assessment and Risk Characterisation (25%)|Risk Management and Risk Communication (15%)|Weekly Discussion Tasks (15%)
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