Courses & Units

Food Microbiology KLA609

Note:

This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science (Coursework) students.

Introduction

Provides Master of Applied Science 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 in 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. Students will expected to undertake additional reading on relevant aspects of food microbiology that complement and extend the lecture content and will be assessed on their understanding of that material via examination and an essay on a relevant topic.
The practical component includes basic food microbiology techniques, and supervised small group research projects, and participation in food factory visits.

Summary

Unit name Food Microbiology
Unit code KLA609
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Jay Kocharunchitt
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

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International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of microorganisms and their role in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives.
  • Analyse scientific information about food-borne microorganisms to minimise potential food safety risks and maintain the microbiology quality of foods.
  • Choose appropriate microbiological methods for study, control and manipulation of food-borne microorganisms
  • Conduct a research project in food microbiology through the application of microbiological methods
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching

AssessmentExamination - take home (35%)|Report on Nominated Set Practical (20%)|Small Research Project (25%)|Essay Based on Reading Topic (15%)|Short Answer Questions (X4) (5%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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