HSN204 - Food Safety


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in D301, H315, H318 or
H300, D391 students completing the Food Studies major sequence (MJ-H000003) or minor sequence (MN-H000003), or
D304, D311, D321, D331, D391, H300, S320 students completing Food Studies (MJ-H000003 or MN-H000003 or Food Science major (MJ-S000098).

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


One of: SBB111, SLE111, SBC152, SLE152, SLE155, HSN104, HSN203


Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSN010

Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour lecture per week
7 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) spread across the trimester


This unit will provide students with an understanding of the global issues around safe and sustainable food production. A major focus of the unit will be on understanding the microbial safety of food which would involve studying about different foodborne pathogens and spoilage agents and developing the skills for microbiological analysis of foods. Topics covered include: global food security and safety, microbial growth, foodborne pathogens, standard and advanced methods of pathogen detection, food spoilage and preservation, control of microbial growth, allergens and chemical contaminants in food and microbiological Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) analysis.

Hurdle requirement

  • Students are required to attend 80% of classes/laboratories

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