Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition 2020 VCE Food Studies Pr...

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VCE Food and Nutrition: Turning theory into practice

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers VCE Food Studies students the opportunity to gain an insight into topical areas of food and nutrition in a laboratory environment at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

The program offers you, as a Food Studies teacher, a great opportunity to reinforce aspects of the VCE curriculum, using Deakin University’s first class food laboratories. Students will interact with food and nutrition scientists whilst conducting and interpreting a range of laboratory tests. Schools may choose one or both of the laboratory sessions as well as take a tour of other facilities within the University.

Lab 1: Food Makers

Linked to VCE Food Studies Unit 2: Food Makers.
Area of Study 2: Food in the Home

In this experience, students will explore the three basic methods of sensory evaluation. Discrimination testing will be conducted to determine whether a difference exists between food samples. Descriptive testing will be conducted to determine the nature and intensity of attributes in food samples. Preference testing will be conducted to determine how well food samples are liked. How these tests relate to the science of judging and evaluating the quality of food by the use of the senses (taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing) will then be discussed.Our VCE School Visit Program provides Food Studies students with valuable, practical laboratory experiences that will illustrate and demonstrate the applications of important food industry principles.

Lab 2: Healthy and sustainable food from paddock to plate

Linked to VCE Food Studies Unit 4: Food issues, challenges and futures.
Areas of Study: Unit 4: Area of study 1 – environment and ethics & Area of study 2 – navigating food information

In this hands-on activity, students will have the opportunity to track a fresh food item from paddock to plate, and incorporate a variety of activities addressing sustainability, food security, food waste, labelling and health. This activity is flexible and areas of focus can be adjusted to your specific needs.
Activities can include:

  • Use of specialised lab equipment, similar to that used in industry, to determine and item's quality, while taking into consideration food waste and sustainability.

  • Prepare and evaluate a food product using the items that would be labeled as 'second-grade'

  • Explore packaging techniques that could be applied to their developed foood product

  • Use specialised software to determine the product's specific nutrient content

  • Use online tools to apply the Health Star Rating.

Session information:


Monday 15th – Friday 19th June, 2020
Monday 22nd – Friday 26th June, 2020

2 time slots available per laboratory per day:
10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
(times are flexible and can be adjusted if needed)
Session duration: 2 hours

Cost per session: $150 +GST
Note: Maximum of 25 students per session

For more information please contact or
9244 5052.

We look forward to seeing you there!

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University

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