Credit points


Campus offering

No unit offerings are currently available for this unit



Teaching organisation

5 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Unit rationale, description and aim

In order to achieve accreditation from the New South Wales Standards Education Authority and fulfil the role of a secondary teaching professional in the Technologies discipline, students need to undertake discipline studies in food technologies. This unit develops students' knowledge of healthy eating principles and the impact of food on society. They will learn to identify, select and evaluate principles, properties and performance characteristics of foods suitable for design applications and develop competence in the selection and safe use of appropriate food manufacturing techniques and equipment. The aim of this unit is for students to explore a range of food technologies and apply these skills and knowledge to their own designed product.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of diet on health of individuals and communities (GA1, GA3, GA5)

LO2 - Identify and discuss food technologies and their implications (GA5, GA8)

LO3 - Apply the functional properties of food to food selection and preparation techniques (GA4, GA5)

LO4 - Design, produce and evaluate safe food solutions for specific purposes (GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10).

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Food and nutrients 

  • Food groups 
  • Functions, properties and sources of: 
  • Macronutrients 
  • Fats 
  • Proteins 
  • Carbohydrates 
  • Micronutrients 
  • Vitamins 
  • Minerals 
  • Dietary fibre 
  • Phytonutrients 

Food safety 

  • Personal hygiene 
  • Food contaminants 
  • Cross-contamination 
  • Food danger zone 
  • Safe work practices 
  • Use of PPE 

Australian guides for healthy eating 

  • Healthy eating principles 
  • Eat for Health Guide 
  • Australian Dietary Guidelines 

Food commodities 

  • Agriculture 
  • Production 
  • Processing 
  • Functional properties 

Food design 

  • Budgeting 
  • Devising work flow plans 
  • The importance of food presentation and service 
  • Appropriate selection of equipment and techniques used in food preparation 

Food and society 

  • Influences on food selection 
  • Impact of food selection on health 
  • Significance of food in various cultures 
  • Multicultural influences on contemporary Australian diets 

Management practices for technology teachers including safety and risk management, budgeting, selecting, storing, maintaining and replacing materials, equipment and other resources related to Food Technologies.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

A student-focused, problem-based learning approach is used in this unit. Students encounter concepts and principles of food technologies and human nutrition through lectures, concepts are discussed and broadened through analysis of food and food guides and further informed by independent research during development of design projects. In practical workshops students design, produce and evaluate safe food products. Food production skills are introduced through a practice-oriented learning method. This method involves the parallel development of procedural and conceptual skills required for design, development and evaluation of food material products in technologies. Students develop solutions to food design problems using design thinking and conceptual knowledge in food alongside procedural knowledge of food manufacturing technologies by means of practical food technologies projects. These methods enable the development of conceptual, procedural and professional knowledge and skill which allows students to solve problems in food technologies contexts.


Mode:On campus lectures, tutorials and practical workshops.

Duration: Five hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.


This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester. To achieve a passing standard in this unit, students will find it helpful to engage in the full range of learning activities and assessments used in this unit, as described in the learning and teaching strategy and the assessment strategy.

Assessment strategy and rationale

The problem-based learning strategy employed in this unit is supported by the integration of progressive authentic assessment tasks completed at critical points in students’ learning. Theoretical conceptual knowledge and practical skills-based knowledge are developed simultaneously in that acquisition and assimilation of knowledge develops during application of food technologies and design practices. Initially students acquire knowledge in food by undertaking research and developing a report on key concepts introduced in the lecture and develop skills in design and production through practical workshop classes. Safe work practices are introduced in workshops and assessed through a hurdle task. Practical workshops provide opportunities for formative assessment which supports assimilation of knowledge of knowledge. Summative assessment aims to assess students’ application of knowledge and skills (conceptual, procedural and professional) competencies through an examination and design projects. This unit aims to assess students’ achievement of a synthesis between design theory and practice in food. They will create a report that designs and evalutates diets before the practical task of safely preparing and evaluating foods. The final assessment requires students to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge in food technologies and human nutrition. Documentation records students design processes and include evidence of project definition, research, ideation, critical evaluation and risk assessment.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Hurdle Task:  

On-Guard WHS online safety training and testing record.


Assessment Task 1 

Report: Requires students to design and evaluate diets in response to healthy eating guides.


LO1, LO2

GA1, GA3,GA5, GA8

Assessment Task 2 

Practical activity and report: Requires students to safely design, prepare, present and evaluate foods.


LO3, LO4

GA4, GA5, GA7; GA8, GA9, GA10

Assessment Task 3 

Examination: Requires students to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge in food technologies and human nutrition.


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA1, GA3GA4, GA5, GA7; GA8, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Croxford, S., & Stirling, E. (2017). Understanding the science of food: From molecules to mouthfeel. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. 

Downie, M., Gualtieri, R., Malone, P., & Mayo, F. (2017). Food tech focusStage 6. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia. 

Saxelby, C. (2018). Catherine Saxelby's complete food and nutrition companion: The ultimate A-Z guide. Richmond, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. 

Whitney, E., Rolfes, S.R., Crowe, T., Cameron-Smith, D., & Walsh A. (2017). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand edition (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning. 



Australian Government. (2013a). Australian dietary guidelines: Summary. Retrieved from Guidelines/n55a_australian_dietary_guidelines_summary_131014_1.pdf 

Australian Government. (2013b). Eat for health. Educator guide: Information for nutrition educators. Retrieved from 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012). Australia’s Food and Nutrition 2012. Retrieved from

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website 

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website 

National Health and Medical Research Council website 

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