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FOSC490 Dissertation

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

Due to the diverse nature of food science and the research interests of academic staff, the research project could take many forms. For example:

  1. An experimental project carried out in a chemistry, sensory or microbiology laboratory
  2. Consumer survey of behaviour, such as food preferences, allergies, buying habits, etc
  3. Method development to analyse a food product, which may include developing a new method and testing it against existing methods
  4. Optimisation experiments, such as determining the best set of conditions to extract a component from a food product

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code FOSC490
Subject Food Science
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,772.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $16,068.00

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Limited to
BAppSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipSci
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Miranda Mirosa
One or more specific project supervisors will be assigned once a project is allocated.
Teaching Arrangements
Your supervisor(s) (you may have more than one) will assist you with designing the research and interpreting the results and is there to help you if you get stuck on your research problem. You should arrange a regular meeting time with your supervisor to discuss the project. FOSC 490 requires project management skills and planning out your time during the week to achieve results.
There is no prescribed text book for this course. Readings will be assigned at the start of the project by the lecturer.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The FOSC 490 research paper will provide students with the knowledge and skills on:
  • How to plan a research project
  • Effective time management to complete the work within a timeframe
  • How to work with others in the laboratory to share resourcing
  • How to use scientific equipment
  • How to collect data in a rigorous fashion, analyse and interpret the results in the context of other published work and write up their research as a coherent piece of scholarship
These are important skills that will enable the graduated student to work effectively in their places of employment, regardless of whether or not they become scientific researchers.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41