Courses & Units

Fermentation Principles and Processes ZAS122

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


In this unit you will examine key steps involved in realising the manufacture of a fermentation product for commercial purposes. These include process design and optimisation, scale-up, and manufacturing operations such as substrate preparation, cleaning and sterilisation, inoculum development, fermentation monitoring and control, product formulation/recovery, and the treatment of effluent and disposal of waste. You will examine those processes with reference to microbiological principles and management techniques applicable to fermentation operations. You will complement and extend your understanding of the concepts discussed by engaging in site visits, by preparing a fermented food/beverage at home, and by participating in an applied research project or a work-integrated learning experience.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.
You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Fermentation Principles and Processes
Unit code ZAS122
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Design
Coordinator Doctor Janelle Brown
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key processes and principles involved in realising the manufacture of a fermentation product for commercial purposes
  • Analyse outcomes of variations in fermentation process parameters
  • Apply key fermentation techniques and practices in a workplace or simulated workplace scenario
  • Reflect on and evidence application of fermentation-related knowledge and skills and transferable skills, in work-relevant/workplace and other settings
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 $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern
  •  Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per fortnight
  • Field trips/workshops: up to 3 days per semester
  • Work placement up to 5 days per semester
AssessmentAT1: Industrial Process Map (20%)|AT2: Multimedia Report on Preparation of a Fermentation Product (40%)|AT3: Report on Work Placement or Industry-Related Project (40%)
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