ERIC Number: EJ1126236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
If You Don't Know, Ask! Using Expert Knowledge to Determine What Content Is Needed in an Undergraduate Food Quality Management and Control Course
Joyner, Helen S.; Stevenson, Clinton D.
Journal of Food Science Education, v16 n1 p19-27 Jan 2017
Quality management and quality control of food products are critical to producing food that is safe to consume and has consistent quality and sensory attributes. The extent to which undergraduate students are equipped with competencies in quality management/control, in theory, has a direct connection with their career potential to ensure food products and/or services meet the expectations of consumers and society. However, the most important quality management/control competencies for undergraduate food science students have yet to be identified. The objective of this study was to determine key knowledge and skills in quality management/control needed by food science graduates. A modified Delphi method was used to gather consensus on these knowledge and skills from experts in food quality management/control. Surveys were used to establish a framework of the most relevant quality management/control concepts for undergraduate food science students to learn and organize these concepts into core domains according to their relative importance. A course outline for teaching an undergraduate course on food quality management/control was developed that detailed relevant topics and depth of coverage for each of these topics. The needs assessment method used in this study to align course content with food industry's needs may be used for a wide variety of course topics.
Descriptors: Quality Control, Food, Food Standards, Safety, Undergraduate Students, Competence, Job Skills, Delphi Technique, Knowledge Level, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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