Diploma of Food Science and Technology

Course Code FBP50118
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 1145 hours

Course Overview

The FBP50118 Diploma of Food Science and Technology is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Food Testing Manager.

This Qualification provides a management level occupational outcome in a technical or quality role in food processing and supporting functions and covers a range of food related industries, including but not limited to:

  • general food processing
  • meat
  • seafood
  • poultry including chicken meat and egg processing
  • dairy processing
  • confectionery
  • beverages
  • baking and cereals

Enrolling students are required to be employed full time in the food processing industry. This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The FBP50118 Diploma of Food Science and Technology is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Food Processing industry.

Job roles may include:

  • food technologist
  • production manager
  • food testing manager
  • quality systems manager
  • food safety systems manager
  • product development team leader
  • processing systems manager
  • environmental manager (food processing)

Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work.

Further Studies
After gaining the FBP50118 Diploma of Food Science and Technology, you might wish to undertake further study in the qualification Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close Flexible Learning, Starting Monday 1st July / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in online activities.

Course Co-ordinator

Darren Payne & Ian Carkeek

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,145 $6.50 $7,442.50 N/A N/A
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,145 $1.30 $1,488.50 N/A N/A
Full Fee 1,145 $10.00 $11,450.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,145 $1.60 $1,832.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

There are no Training Package requirements for this qualification. However all work must comply with food safety, OHS and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

Attend an interview

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Enrolling students are required to be employed full time in the food processing industry.
Units of Competency

FBP50118 – Core Units

FBPFST5006 – Apply food microbiological techniques and analysis
MSL975038 – Conduct sensory analysis
FBPTEC4007 – Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
FBPFSY5001 – Develop a HACCP-based food safety plan
FBPFST6001 – Develop, manage and maintain quality systems for food processing
FBPFST5005 – Examine the biochemical properties of food
FBPFST5002 – Identify and implement required process control for a food processing operation
MSMENV472 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWHS401 – Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
FBPFST4004 – Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFSY4001 – Supervise and maintain a food safety plan

FBP50118 – Elective Units

FBPTEC4004 – Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing
SFIPROC504C – Design and manage a product recall
FBPFST5010 – Implement and review the preparation of milk for processing
FBPFST5025 – Implement and review the production of concentrated and dried dairy products
FBPFST5024 – Implement and review the production of fermented dairy products and dairy desserts
FBPFST5026 – Implement and review the production of ice creams and frozen dairy products
FBPFST5027 – Implement and review the production of milk and related products by the membrane system
FBPFST5023 – Implement and review the production of milk fat products
MSS407016 – Lead a process to determine and solve root cause for a complex problem
FBPFST5001 – Monitor refrigeration and air conditioning systems in food processing
FBPTEC4008 – Participate in product recalls
FBPCHE5003 – Produce a range of rennet-coagulated cheeses
FBPCHE5004 – Produce acid and heat coagulated cheese
FBPCHE5002 – Produce acid-coagulated soft cheese
FBPFST5004 – Specify and monitor the nutritional value of processed food

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted via on campus workshops and practical activities and in your food industry workplace setting. Assessment involves completion of:

  • Practical skills
  • Written assessment tasks (written answers, assignments, reports and projects)
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Additional Information

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes online and on campus. On-campus classes consist of one week residential (5 day) blocks.

This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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