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From bugs to bucks: The business of fermented food and drink XBR211



Tasmania has a growing reputation as a gourmet paradise, with high quality primary products and a growing fermented food and drink industry. In this unit, students will learn about the full production life cycle for fermented food and drink, from growing raw materials and fermentation basics, through to the packaging, labelling, distribution and marketing of final products. Development of more fermentation businesses in Tasmania may offer an alternative to current wicked problems of high regional unemployment, an economy reliant on extraction, high agricultural food waste, and over-reliance on State-based employment (Tasmania: The Tipping Point, 2013).

This unit is offered in the extended spring semester, so learning and teaching commences in MyLO from Monday 29th of October 2018. Students may enrol on-campus or as a fully online/distance student. Around Week 3 or 4 of the semester, all students are invited to participate in an intensive, one week block of classes at Sandy Bay campus. During this week, students will undertake field trips, do hands-on fermented food and drink making, participate in small group work and have tutorials and lectures. Distance students are welcome to attend this intensive week, if possible. Students not able to attend the intensive week will be provided with video resources and encouraged to undertake home-based fermentation activities. The exact dates of this intensive week are yet to be confirmed.

While staff from the School of Land and Food and the Tasmanian School of Business & Economic drive this breadth unit, expert input and content has been sourced across a range of fermentation industries so all students will have access to a wide range of other online materials. Assessment is 100% internal (i.e., no exam) and structured to encourage you to actively engage with ideas and issues, reflect on your learning, and learn collaboratively.


Unit name From bugs to bucks: The business of fermented food and drink
Unit code XBR211
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Tasmanian School of Business and Economics|TIA - Research Institute

Dr Gemma Lewis

Teaching staff

Mrs Simone Bingham, Dr Jo Jones

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (extended) On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 26/10/2020 18/11/2020 21/12/2020 14/2/2021

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 080321

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Teaching Pattern

Online delivery combined with an intensive, one week block session during November, around week 3 or 4. Exact dates yet to be confirmed.


A total of four assessment tasks:  (25%), (25%), (35%) and (15%).

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