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FOSC421 Topics in Advanced Consumer Food Science 1

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Any two modules (each worth 10 points) from a selection of modules offered, subject to availability.

The modular structure of this paper allows you flexibility in your choice of advanced topics, to suit your interests. You can also potentially combine one module in another relevant discipline with one in food science (10 points) to make up a 20-point FOSC paper.

In order for students to receive recognition for each of the modules they complete, the Department of Food Science will provide students with an officially endorsed letter detailing which modules students have completed.

Visit the Food Science departmental website for more information on the range of modules available.

Paper title Topics in Advanced Consumer Food Science 1
Paper code FOSC421
Subject Food Science
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,702.01
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 300-level points
Limited to
BAppSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, MAppSc
Admission subject to approval from the Head of the Department for first or second semester occurrences.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa
The individual modules will be taught by academic staff in the Department of Food Science.

Paper Structure

Due to the modular nature of the FOSC 400-level papers, the content of the papers depends on the selection of the two specific modules, each worth ten points. For MSc, BAppSc(Hons), and PGDipSci students Research Methods and Communication is a compulsory module and is taken as half of paper FOSC 421. A full list of potential module topics is available on the Food Science website.

Please note availability of specific modules in any year is subject to change based on staff availability and class numbers.

Most taught postgraduate programmes in Consumer Food Science commence at the start of the first semester, in February each year (including MSc, PGDipSci and BAppSc Hons). 400-level FOSC papers should normally be selected as full-year enrolment. Single-semester enrolment is possible in exceptional circumstances through a Food Science Course Adviser (

Teaching Arrangements

The paper comprises two modules (10 points each). Most of the modules are taught in 4 or 8 week teaching blocks. Some modules involve three day intensive workshops. Timetables for each module will be advised through the Department and won't appear on your eVision account.

The Research Methods and Communication module commences as an intensive block course in week 9 (the first week of the first semester). The week 9 schedule, for this module only, is set in the timetable for FOSC 401/421 (and displayed below).

Each module has a generic assessment structure:

  • 60% internal assessment (group seminar presentation 30%; individual research report 30%)
  • 40% exam (1 hour)

Contact hours will be 30 hours per paper (i.e. 15 hours per module) made up of :

  • Lectures 20
  • Tutorials/laboratories 10

Non-contact hours of 210 hours per paper are expected (i.e. 105 hours per module). This is made up of:

  • Class preparation and private study 60
  • Internal assessment preparation 90
  • Final exam preparation 58
  • Final exam 2

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Due to the modular nature of the FOSC 400-level papers, the content of the papers depends on the selection of topic-specific modules. However, each paper aims to provide students with the following generic learning outcomes related to the specific advanced consumer food science topics and modules chosen.

Upon successful completion of this paper, a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the scope and application of the theory of the specific advanced consumer food science topic being studied
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the scope and application of the practice of the specific advanced consumer food science topic being studied
  • Critically evaluate how research methods have been used to investigate the consumer food science issues specific to the advanced topic being studied

Each paper aims to foster (i.e. to teach and assess) a range of graduate attributes from the postgraduate Consumer Food Science profiles.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system