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TC S850F
Food Testing and Certification
Start Date
Course Level Length in Terms Credits
Fees ($)
(including lab fees)
Future Terms
Aut 2018
Postgraduate 2 terms 10

Course Coordinator: Dr Stanley Siu, BSc (Hons), PhD (HK CityU)

Important notes
This course will be taught through a part-time face-to-face mode commencing in April 2015. Lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions will be scheduled on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. The presentation of this course is subject to final approval by the University. Any details of this course may be changed without further notice.

The overall aims of this course are to provide students with advanced knowledge of the microbiological and analytical chemistry techniques used in the food testing industry, such that students will be able to apply the appropriate techniques to evaluate the safety, authenticity and quality of food. Current food safety certification practices will also be discussed.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Food poisoning events and contaminants

  • Advanced food toxicology and microbiological testing of food

  • Instrumental and analytical chemistry testing of contaminants

  • Nutrition labelling of food

  • Food safety management systems

Learning support
There will be regular lecture and tutorial classes spread throughout the course.Two laboratory sessions will be provided for students to put into practice what they have learnt in lectures.

The course assessment will include both a continuous assessment (50%) portion and a written examination (50%). The continuous assessment portion will include a quiz, a mini project and an assignment.

Online requirement
This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your lecturer as well as other students. To access the OLE, you will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

Students will need access to a computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet. The recommended minimum computing requirements are:

  • Pentium IV CPU

  • SVGA display card and monitor

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 500 MB free hard disk space

  • Broadband Internet access

  • Keyboard and mouse

Set book(s)
To be announced.