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In the final year of the degree programme, Food Technology students from Massey University have to undertake a substantial research or development project. The project makes up a quarter of the final year programme (approximately 400 hours of work). These projects are directly relevant to the needs of industry Sponsors, who benefit from the information developed. Companies that fund these projects support the development of the next generation of Food Technologists in Singapore.
The Food Technology project is an original investigation of an opportunity or problem encountered by the food industry. Often, these projects may involve the development of a new product, but need not be limited to this.
Students can also focus on:
The primary objective of a major final year project is to enhance learning and develop students' professional competence. Research information developed, which is available to the Sponsor, is a simultaneous output of the learning process.
Each project has a specific member of the University's academic staff as technical supervisor. In addition, other members of staff from Massey University and Singapore Polytechnic provide further general supervision to maximize the learning experience. The Sponsor may also be involved in the supervision of the project.
Students work under academic supervision and learn to apply and integrate knowledge gained in the degree programme. Through this, systematic skills in problem analysis, research and communication are enhanced. In carrying out the project, students take into consideration the ethical issues, legal requirements and potential impact on society and the environment.
The Sponsor funding a student working on a project supported and supervised by Massey or Singapore academic staff gains access to a large range of equipment and facilities at Massey University (New Zealand) and Singapore Polytechnic.
Upon the completion of the project, the Sponsor receives a comprehensive report and owns the intellectual property developed in the project.
Massey University and Singapore Polytechnic agree to hold in strict confidence any commercially sensitive information specifically identified by the Sponsor. However, it must be recognised that the projects are undertaken as a teaching and learning exercise.
In the course of the project, discussion of the project findings will take place between the student and the academic staff. Oral presentations will be made to the academic staff and students. These oral presentations are not open to general audience.
Contracts regarding confidentiality and/or intellectual property ownership are a normal part of the relationship among the Sponsor, the student and the University/Polytechnic. It is preferable to avoid projects with complex contractual details because of the need to make the earliest possible start on the project work.
The Sponsor pays a standard fee of SGD 2500.00 per project. Should the cost of the project exceed SGD 2500.00, the student will present the extra cost to the Sponsor for approval before commencing the project.
The student will not be paid to work on the project.
A detailed budget is prepared at the onset of each project for approval by the Sponsor before the work begins. The Sponsor will be invoiced at the completion of the project.
All project sponsorships should be submitted by 15 February of each calendar year. A compiled list of projects will be presented to the students for their selection. Due to overwhelming support from the industry, not all projects will be undertaken by the students.
Page authorised by Head of School, School of Food and Nutrition
Last updated on Thursday 30 March 2017