FDS202 Food Microbiology (8)

This subject provides an overview of microorganisms in the food
industry, their role in food production and their association with
food borne diseases.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FDS202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences


BIO115 or BIO118 or BMS115 or MCR101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • describe the contamination of foods by microorganisms;
  • explain food preservation processes;
  • explain the causes of spoilage of foods;
  • describe the microorganisms associated with food borne diseases;
  • explain the mechanisms of food borne diseases;
  • identify the microorganisms associated with food production;
  • explain the role of microorganisms in food production;
  • explain the principles underlying the microbiological safety of foods;
  • explain the principles underlying the microbiological quality of foods


This subject will cover the following topics:

* The scope of microbiology;

* Microorganisms and food materials;

* Factors affecting the growth and survival of microorganisms in food;

* The microbiology of food preservation;

* The microbiology of primary food commodities;

* Food microbiology and public health;

* Bacterial agents of food borne illness;

* Non-bacterial agents of food borne illness;

* Fermented and microbial foods;

* Methods for the microbiological examination of foods;

* Controlling the microbiological quality of foods

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of FDS202 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review
Practical exam (online test)
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.A 3 day compulsory Residential School is scheduled which examines in the laboratory, the organisms associated with food spoilage/production and techniques for the manipulation and assay of these organisms in food.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.