Course Title: Identify unit operations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5184 Diploma of Food Science & Technology

Course Title: Identify unit operations

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 15

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Toinette Thake

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254876

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit provides the principles of the major unit operations in the food industry.
It covers the skills and knowledge required to identify the operational principles in unit operations of the Food Industry.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

• No pre-requisite units

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP045 Identify unit operations


1. Identify the unit operations required in the processing of foods.

2. Analyse the function of the major unit operations

Learning Outcomes

  • identify major unit operations, including: material transfer, separation, size reduction, combination, heat exchange, biochemical transformation, shaping and extrusion
    • analyse the functions of the major unit operation, including purpose and application of each
    • identify the range of equipment used to perform each major unit operation
    • establish the function of each piece of equipment used to perform major unit operations
    • review the resultant products of these unit operations on food, in accordance with quality control processes and procedures
    • ascertain the affects of physical conditions eg. temperature, pressure on the function of these unit operations
    • prepare  process flow charts

Overview of Assessment

Students must be able to demonstrate competency in each of the above learning outcomes by completing a series of assessment tasks.  These will include

  • class activities
  • worksheet on preparation of flow charts
  • assignment
  • attendance at Industry visit plus completed report on visit