Course Title: Molecular Gastronomy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Molecular Gastronomy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Anne Sibbel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2718

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 39.4.9

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides opportunities for students to explore the role of food in human society and the role of a consumer scientist as a food industry specialist. It involves an examination of the practical and theoretical aspects of food preparation, including sensory evaluation, in the process of the responsible and sustainable development of products for consumers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As well as contributing to the overall development of graduate capabilities, this course provides students with opportunities to develop skills in leadership, cooperative teamwork, critical analysis of a problems in product development, and in communicating information to others.

Students will

1. Gain an appreciation of the origin of food commodities and cuisines

2. Recognise the variation in eating patterns of Australians, with implications for nutrition and health

3. Develop an awareness of the impact of farming methods, food processing and packaging on the environment and on consumers’ capacity to make informed choices

4. Evaluate the sensory attributes and quality of foods.

5. Understand the process of food product development

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are lectures, demonstrations, tutorial tasks, class discussion, laboratory practical sessions and written assignments 

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be encouraged to use equipment provided in the laboratory, refer to online materials for ONPS2190, and relevant information in texts and Internet sites.  

Overview of Assessment

Students will be assessed by an end-of semester examination, laboratory reports and reports of prescribed activities undertaken in and outside the class.