A supervised project involving research and leading to the production of a research report.
Due to the diverse nature of food science and the research interests of academic staff, the research project could take many forms. For example:
- An experimental project carried out in a chemistry, sensory or microbiology laboratory
- A project that is carried out in collaboration with a food company and may involve spending some time at the company premises and developing a pilot-scale process or a new product
- Analysis of an existing dataset of knowledge with re-interpretation of the results
- Consumer survey of behaviour, such as food preferences, allergies, buying habits, etc
- Method development to analyse a food product, which may include developing a new method and testing it against existing methods
- Optimisation experiments, such as determining the best set of conditions to extract a component from a food product
About this paper
Semester 2 (On campus)
Full Year (On campus)
1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 18 June 2025) (On campus)
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- PGDipAppSc, PGDipSci
- Admission subject to approval from the Head of Department.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is a mixture of taught papers and a research component. There are a number of options for the research component, of which FOSC 480, worth 20 points, is one. The Department of Food Science encourages PGDipSci students to consider a 60-point research project (FOSC 490) as part of the PGDipSci, as this keeps your options open for further research-based study. However, FOSC 480 can be a good option for some students also. Please contact a Food Science Course Adviser or the Fourth year Co-ordinator, Dr Mirosa, to discuss your selection of project. FOSC 480 may be selected as part of a PGDipAppSc course.
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- View more information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science or Consumer Food Science.
- Teaching staff
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 are 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 480 requires project management skills and planning out your time during the week to achieve results.
There is no prescribed textbook for this paper. 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.
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- Learning Outcomes
Successful completion of this paper will provide students with the knowledge and skills on:
- How to plan research
- Effective time management to complete the work within a timeframe
- How to share resourcing
- 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 report
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.