COURSE GOALS: This course is intended to familiarize students with the product implementation stage of food product development including preliminary product description, prototype development, product testing and the formal presentation of a new product development. Students will learn the importance of teamwork, product specification, food formulation, food ingredient technology, ingredient interaction and how to conduct and terminate a project in an orderly manner.
ENTRY LEVEL: Upper division standing with background coursework in food science, biological sciences, or the physical sciences. Preference will be given to students with senior or graduate level standing.
Prerequisites: FST 50; FST 103; FST 104; FST 110
COURSE FORMAT: Two 1 hour lectures, one hour discussion, and one 3 hour laboratory each week. Teams of 3-4 students will work on assigned problems related to food product development and asked to design and execute laboratory experiments to find a solution. Laboratory time will involve planning experiments, discussing results, and executing experiments related to food product development and product testing.
- Introduction to food product development
- Product management and planning
- Computer aided ingredient analysis
- Computer aided formulation
- Ingredient technology - proteins
- Ingredient technology - carbohydrates
- Ingredient technology - fats and oils
- Ingredient technology - flavors and colorants
- Ingredient technology - stabilizers
- Ingredient interactions
GRADING AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Grades will be based on a midterm (20%), laboratory notebook (20%), class assignments (10%), final report (25%), and a final exam (25%). The final report will provide evidence of individual and group efforts on a project and include a title page, table of contents, summary, review of literature, methods, results, discussion and list of references. The laboratory reports will focus on the completion of a project to develop a food product based on a given problem pertaining to raw material utilization and/or a new food product concept.