Food Packaging

Course code FSHN3420Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Provides knowledge and skills in the handling and packaging of foods, and to develop values about the safety and environmental impact of packaging.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the role and function of packaging materials used for a range of consumer food needs and wants.
2. Design solutions to packaging problems.
3. Relate the properties of food packages to conversion technologies, processing and packaging technologies and user requirements including safety, convenience and environmental issues.
4. Measure and evaluate the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of packages and packaging.
5. Analyse the principles and practices of laminates, active packaging materials and edible films.
6. Describe the technology involved in the production, shaping and printing of various packaging materials and packages.
7. Package foods in rigid and flexible containers.
ContentThe course will cover:

1. The role, function and selection of packaging materials.
2. Structure of the packaging industry, extrusion, printing and conversion technologies.
3. The physical and chemical properties of the packaging materials used for foods in relation to polymer processing, food properties and processing.
4. Principles and practices for the testing of packaging materials and package designs.
5. Mass transfer in food packaging.
6. The principles of design and technology used to produce laminated packaging materials, active and smart packaging, and edible films.
7. Food packaging lines.
8. The science and technology of a range of specific packaging methods.
9. Preservation, packaging and shelf life testing for a selection of foods.
10. Costs, waste minimisation and sustainable packaging technologies.
11. Advances in packaging science and technology.
12. Regulatory aspects of packaging and labelling.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFSHN2040, FSHN2050 and FSHN2100 or equivalent courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Laboratory Exercises
Other: (please specify)Presentation and/or Essay
ProjectsGroup and/or Individual
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for FSHN3420