Food Science and Systems

DET60002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 42 hours + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Admission to MA-DIET

Aims and objectives

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the food system and develop food science knowledge and practical skills relevant to nutrition and dietetic practice. The unit will focus on practical skills relevant to the food industry, including specialised food product design, development, production, marketing, and food security implications.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the current Australian and global food systems.
2. Evaluate the relationships between key aspects of the food system and food security, marketing, dietary guidelines, the environment and associated laws/policies.
3. Evaluate the chemical, physical and nutritional changes which occur to food components during processing.
4. Predict the potential effects of food processing on product acceptability and impact on health/disease parameters.
5. Design and market a specialised food product suitable for sale.
6. Examine the key elements of food service system management and institutional food service preparation and evaluate what is required to provide safe and nutritious food

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics