Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Foods are analysed for purposes of trade, compliance, quality assurance, authentication, complaint investigation, nutritional attributes and scientific research. In this course students will undertake and compare various food analysis techniques, followed by analysis, interpretation and presentation of the results. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to apply and assess the principles and practices required for the analysis of foods.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Select appropriate analytical techniques for specific food components;

3. Compare advanced and conventional techniques and instruments to analyse chemical and physical properties of foods;

4. Apply a range of chemical analyses of food components;

5. Analyse, interpret and report on results obtained in a scientific format.


The course will cover:

  1. Sampling techniques and sample preparation for the analysis of food components
  2. The principles, methodology and applications of instrumentation and technology in food analysis
  3. Comparison of advanced analytical techniques with conventional techniques in food analysis
  4. Application of common techniques for analysing food components from specific food products to determine proximate composition
  5. Assessment of data using statistical analysis and reporting of results in a scientific manner


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

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Practicals and Reports *

Quiz: Online Quiz

Presentation: Presentation

Formal Examination: Formal 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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.