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Uncorking the science of fermentation

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CQUniversity researchers Dr Andrew Fenning and Katy Li will help students uncork the science of fermentation in a new micro-credential course. Photo: contributed.

CQUniversity has launched a new micro-credential course to provide a basic understanding of fermented food and beverages.

Designed to tickle taste buds and inspire scientific curiosity, the Food Science: Fermentation for Food and Beverage Product Development course examines the basics of fermentation, including microbiology and food safety.

Led by CQUniversity researchers Dr Andrew Fenning and Katy Li, the micro-credential course combines online learning, live weekly tutorials and hands-on lab classes at the Bundaberg campus.

Katy explained the micro-credential course had been developed by scientists and industry leaders to provide participants with important knowledge, confidence and skills.

“Whether you're an aspiring food scientist, industry professional, or someone with a keen interest in the art of fermentation, this micro-credential will cover all stages of the fermentation process,” she said.

“It involves interactive experiences in the lab where students gain the skills to operate and manage fermentation processes.”

Andrew said the course would also provide an understanding of the new product development process, how to brainstorm ideas, and test them for market viability.

“What sets this micro-credential apart is the co-designed curriculum with industry to ensure the focus is on relevant skills for food science applications,” he said.

“There are thousands of different types of fermented products available on the commercial market – from beer, wine and soft drinks to yogurts and cheeses, bread, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

“Modern science has provided the knowledge to make great fermented products in a way that is safe for consumers, providing avenues for budding entrepreneurs to thrive in the industry.”

On completion of the Food Science: Fermentation for Food and Beverage Product Development micro-credential, students are awarded with a digital badge and 12 credit points towards Bachelor of Medical Science Specialisation Nutrition, Food Technology major at CQUniversity.

This micro-credential is funded by the Australian Government Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

For more information or to enrol, email fermentationmicro@cqu.edu.au

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