VCE Food and Nutrition: Turning theory into practice

Food Studies

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June 2019
Monday 24 – Friday 28 June 2019

Event details

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers VCE Food Studies students the opportunity to gain an insight into topical areas of food and nutrition in a laboratory environment at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.


Monday 17th – Friday 21st June, 2019
Monday 24th – Friday 28th June, 2019

Price: $150 + GST per session. Max 25 students per session.

For any enquiries, email or call 9244 5052.

Lab 1: Food Makers

Linked to VCE Food Studies Unit 2: Food Makers
Area of Study 2: Food in the Home

In this experience, we will explore the three basic methods of sensory evaluation. Discrimination testing will be conducted to determine whether a difference exists between food samples. Descriptive testing will be conducted to determine the nature and intensity of attributes in food samples. Preference testing will be conducted to determine how well food samples are liked. How these tests relate to the science of judging and evaluating the quality of food by the use of the senses (taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing) will then be discussed.

Our VCE School Visit Program provides Food Studies students with valuable, practical laboratory experiences that will illustrate and demonstrate the applications of important food industry principles.

Lab 2: Healthy and Sustainable Food from Paddock to Plate

Linked to VCE Food Studies Unit 4: Food issues, challenges and futures
Area of Study: Unit 4 Area of study 1 – environment and ethics as well as Area of study 2 – navigating food information

In this hands-on activity, students will track a fresh food item from paddock to plate, incorporating a variety of activities addressing sustainability, food security, food waste, labelling and health. Students will use specialised lab equipment – similar to that used in industry – to determine an item’s quality, then prepare and evaluate a food product using the items that would be labelled as ‘second grade’. They will then explore packaging techniques that could be applied to their developed food product and finally, they will use specialised software to determine the products’ specific nutrient content and use this along with online tools to explore writing a health claim.

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Key information

Dates and times

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June 2019
Monday 24 – Friday 28 June 2019

Three timeslots per day: 8-10am; 10.30am-12.30pm; 1-3pm


Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, VIC 3125