Course Title: Perform microbiological techniques in the food industry

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5184 Diploma of Food Science & Technology

Course Title: Perform microbiological techniques in the food industry

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2012

Course Contact: Sam Cutri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4876

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Course Description

This unit provides an introduction to food microbiology. It covers the skills and knowledge required to perform generic microbiological laboratory techniques.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VBP040 - Apply principles of occupational health & safety to the food industry’, VBP043 - Apply an understanding of the food processing industry, VBP044 - Apply principles of food spoilage and control

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP035 Perform microbiological techniques in the food industry


1. Prepare for safe microbiological work using aseptic techniques

2. Identify the structure and function of cells and their components

3. Process microbiological samples

4. Use a microscope correctly.

5. Apply aseptic techniques correctly to cultivate and isolate micro-organisms

6. Estimate the number of micro-organisms in food and water samples

7. Perform and interpret tests to assist in the identification of common bacterial genera.

8. Identify methods for the control of growth of microorganisms

9. Identify the quality assurance procedures commonly used in a food testing laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based program

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam