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HSN212 - Functional Foods and Biotechnology

Unit details

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Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in D301 or H315.

Other students who would like to enrol in this unit must submit their request to Enrolment quotas apply.

Unit chair:

Julia Low




Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSN010

Incompatible with:

HSN303 and HSN304

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class each week, 2 x 3 hour laboratory sessions


This unit begins with an investigation of the current scientific literature that examines the proposed mechanisms by which functional foods are able to influence the major metabolic systems of the body with a positive result on overall health. This section will encompass the emerging field of epigenetics which describes the ability of the environment to affect the transcription of our DNA into proteins. Students will then explore the commercial side of producing functional foods beginning with the small-scale in-house development all the way to the large scale bio-processing of functional foods. This will include a discussion of the regulatory issues attached to food production.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (500 words) 10%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 50%

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