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FOOD3888: Food Product Development

Our ever-changing world requires knowledge that extends across multiple disciplines. The ability to identify and explore interdisciplinary links is a crucial skill for emerging professionals and researchers alike. This unit presents the opportunity to bring together the concepts and skills you have learnt in your discipline and apply them to a real-world problem. New product development is an important example of interdisciplinary research in the food industry. Product development teams may comprise food scientists and technologists, process engineers, market researchers, nutritionists, project managers, financial analysts and lawyers at different stages of the project. In FOOD3888, you will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of food product development through a group design project that will require application of disciplinary knowledge as well as collaboration with students from other disciplines to ideate and refine product concepts, develop design specifications, optimize prototypes, and evaluate aspects of product performance. The unit will develop your skills in problem-solving, data collection, analysis and communication. All of these skills are highly valued by employers. This unit will foster the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and this is essential for both professional and research pathways in the future.

Code FOOD3888
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
12cp from (AGEN2002 or FOOD2000 or FOOD3XXX or BCMB2X0X or BCHM2XXX or MEDS2003)
Assumed knowledge:
6cp from (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6cp from CHEM1XXX

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. ​Apply disciplinary knowledge to solve problems in an interdisciplinary context. ​
  • LO2. ​Find, define and delimit authentic problems in order to address them. ​
  • LO3. Create an investigation strategy, explore solutions, discuss approaches and predict outcomes.​
  • LO4. Analyse data using modern information technology and digital skills.​
  • LO5. Demonstrate integrity, confidence, personal resilience and the capacity to manage challenges, both individually and in teams.​
  • LO6. Collaborate with diverse groups and across cultural and disciplinary boundaries to develop solution(s) to the project problems.
  • LO7. Communicate project outcomes effectively to a broad audience.​

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.