Food Science - 5037

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Contact: School

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

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Program Description

The Graduate Diploma of Food Science program is designed for graduates from cognate disciplines wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in Food Science. This will enable students to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards and to provide opportunities for developing their career opportunities. Students will develop their technical knowledge and ability to analyse food science problems. They will also gain further skills in solving food science problems and justifying professional decisions.

Entry requirements

A student must hold a Bachelor degree in Food Science or a cognate discipline (defined for each stream), with an average mark of at least 65, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution, in order to be admitted to the program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The program is designed to enable students to fulfil a number of needs including:
  • Updating technical knowledge and skills in an existing engineering specialisation
  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills in a different engineering specialisation
  • Developing and expanding knowledge and skills in engineering management
  • Updating qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards
  • Providing opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for interaction with those at the cutting edge of the discipline
  • Providing a pathway towards the Master's program.

Disciplinary Knowledge and practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of food science and technology, including theory and practice relevant to the food industry.
  • Apply food science principles and practices

Cognitive skills and critical thinking
  • Investigate, generate and synthesise complex ideas and concepts
  • Analyse problems or issues, articulate appropriate solutions and justify propositions and/or professional decisions.

Communication, adaptive and interactional skills
  • Communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of teamwork and collaboration.

Global outlook
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international perspectives relevant to food science and technology.

Program Structure

Students must complete 48UOC of courses to be eligible for the Graduate Diploma. This Graduate Diploma is offered in the following specialisations (streams):
Specialisations may be specific for entrants with particular backgrounds and hence quite prescribed, or more general for entrants with a three year Bachelor degree in Food Science. A specialisation (stream) must include at least 36UOC of Disciplinary Knowledge courses. A number of specialisation courses may be offered in both internal and external attendance modes and may be delivered in regular sessions, block or intensive modes on or off campus.

At the discretion of the Program or Stream Authority, students may be required to develop their foundational disciplinary knowledge through enrolment in undergraduate level courses that are deemed appropriate by the Program or Stream Authority. Students will be granted credit towards the program for the satisfactory completion of these courses up to a maximum of 12UOC.

Volume of Learning

The program is a 48UOC (1-year full-time equivalent) program, with entry to students holding Honours equivalent degrees from cognate disciplines, or Bachelor degrees in Food Science. The program is designed to develop and enhance career opportunities for graduate engineers and scientists, including cross-training, re-training and advanced level technical specialisations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Program or Stream Authorities may grant up to 24UOC of advanced standing or exemption if they consider the student has prior learning (formal, informal or non-formal) where it can be demonstrated that the student has achieved equivalent learning outcomes to the particular course(s).
Work experience in the food processing industries will be considered by the program or stream authority for recognition of prior learning. Applications for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents such as academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

Academic Rules

General Rules of Progression

Progression in all postgraduate coursework programs in the Faculty of Engineering is permitted by course. However:

(a) Not all courses are available every session and some courses may only be available in alternate years. Students should check the approved list of courses for their specialisation. Students will need to select courses carefully to ensure they can complete their program in minimum time. Students are not permitted to enrol in courses with clashing timetables.

(b) Students must satisfy the rules governing re-enrolment. A student's academic standing is evaluated at the end of each session. Any student not in Good Standing should discuss the situation with the Academic Adviser in the relevant school, and may be required to talk to a counsellor in the Careers and Counselling Unit. The full description of the University policy governing enrolment and academic standing can be found at Academic Standing

(c) Students must satisfy the relevant pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements for each course.

(d) Only in exceptional circumstances will students be permitted to enrol in more than 24 units of credit in a session. The part-time mode will usually require students to enrol in a minimum of 18 UOC within any three consecutive sessions.

(e) Students are only permitted to enrol in courses that satisfy the program requirements as specified in the On-Line Handbook for the program in which they are enrolled. Enrolment in any other course is permitted only on a Non-Award basis, that is, on a tuition fee basis.

(f) Notwithstanding the above, before a student can enrol in any non-standard program, such a program must meet with the approval of the relevant program authority as shown in the program rules.


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