Food Technology 3: Product Development

The development of new and improved products is a key role of most practising food technologists. This course provides the structured process and tools required for successful product development in the context of an applied project.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Food Technology

Course planning information

Course notes

A minimum of 40% is required in each assessment, except Assessment 1, to pass the course. To pass the course students must submit/complete all assessments and attend all scheduled labs.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Similar content

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Apply science and technology principles to the solution of a complex problem – where complexity is defined by the context of new product identification, design and development.
  • 2 Clearly define a problem and desired outcomes, recognising stakeholder needs, commercial and social requirements.
  • 3 Recognise the need for research to underpin commercial decision making and demonstrate the acquisition and integration of knowledge from a range of sources, including voice of customer.
  • 4 Explain a product as a system and be able to analyse that system in terms of its component sub-systems.
  • 5 Perform a detailed project feasibility analysis relating to the key success factors including financial return, social and environmental impact, manufacturability and overall commercialisation.
  • 6 Demonstrate oral communication skills in a group and one-on-one environments.
  • 7 Recognise the inputs and processes required for project management and apply the key elements through a product development process.
  • 8 Recognise the value of intellectual property and identify ways in which this value can be realised.
  • 9 Develop detailed product specifications.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 4 6 7 9 10%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 3 4 6 7 10%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 3 4 6 7 5%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 3 4 6 7 9 5%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 3 4 6 7 9 10%
Test 2 3 4 7 9 15%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 5%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.