Course Title: Food Project and Thesis (Part B)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 005569

Course Title: Food Project and Thesis (Part B)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Frank Sherkat

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2130

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 13.D.6b

Course Coordinator Availability: All Day Tuesdays

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

• Pre-Requisites: A GPA of at least 2 in the program to date. Students with a GPA < 2 may apply in writng to the Program Leader giving reasons why they should be allowed to unertake this course.
• Co-Requisites: As a general rule, you will need to enrol in both ONPS1110A and ONPS1110B concurrently, undertaken in two consecutive semesters.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide experience in the design and execution of an individual research project for each student. The project may be an industry based topic. The student will learn to manage a technical problem and carry out the investigation within the time frame of the teaching year.The subject will require a literature review, an experimental plan including methodology to be employed, the attainment of results and the compilation of a thesis in a scientific publication format. Time management and communications are central skills learned.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Scientific and technical communication, critical analysis and problem solving are the key capabilities addressed in this course.

To complete the steps undertaken in ONPS1110A by conducting further trial, shelf life studies, data anlysis, poster presentation and theisis submission.

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will experience the need to execute a plan for the achievement of a number of objectives. The project will contain elements of "unknown" so that contingency planning will need to be considered. Unexpected issues will arise which will mean change of approach, problem solving strategies and some lateral thinking. The experience of time management will be a major contribution to the success or otherwise of the project. The project should be discussed with your supervisor before the start of the semester and apprpropriate actions taken such that experimental work may commence at the commencement of the semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to gather all the necessary information to plan and execute the project within the allocated time. It is also their responsibility to make the poster presentations on the designated day and to submit the final copy of the thesis (or paper) for assessment on the designated day. In case of submitting a paper, a copy of all the experimental data and full literature review will also be submitted.

It is the student’s role to interact with the supervisor at mutually agreed times to allow consultation of the progress. The student should accept responsibility of the project, progress and outcome.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text in this course. Relevant book chapters, journal articles, web site etc will be recommended by the supervisor in relation to the project topic under investigation. Further materials will be researched by the students through literature search.

The Online course includes a number of guidelines in relation to project management, thesis writing and other relevant issues.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment in this course involves two components:

presentation of a scientific/technical poster  worth 15%
Submission of a thesis (or a paper) worth 85%
Depending to your enrolment you may be required to present your poster and submit your thesis in semester one or semester two.