The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


To provide knowledge and skills in the applications, principles and practices of the analysis of foods for purposes of trade, compliance, quality assurance, authentication, complaint investigation, nutritional attributes and scientific research.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply statistically valid sampling techniques to food materials having widely diverse properties and volumes;

2. Demonstrate competency in the use of standard techniques of food analysis and the treatment of experimental data;

3. Apply modern instrumental methods to analyse chemical and physical properties of foods;

4. Compare the purposes and methods of food analysis employed in government, research and industry.


The course will cover:

  1. Variable and attribute sampling of foods and analysis of experimental data;
  2. The principles and methods for the proximate analyses of foods. Evaluation of test methods;
  3. Skills in the use of Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International;
  4. Instrumental methods used to analyse the chemical and physical properties of foods;
  5. Design of experiments in food analysis;
  6. Applications of food analysis in research, government, trade and the food industry.


Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 140 units including CHEM1110, CHEM1120 and BIOL2011 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010, CHEM1020 or equivalent; FSHN2040, FSHN2050, BIOL2010 or equivalent, STAT1070

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory practicals and reports *

Quiz: Quiz

Project: Group Project

Formal Examination: Final Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Student are required to attend 80% of scheduled laboratories
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit minimum of 80% of Laboratory Reports
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks