Course Number and Title: FSY 291 Food Science & Safety Seminar
This course facilitates the successful transition of potential graduates into a professional career or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in the field of food safety and/or food science. The seminar course will provide information to obtain professional development, soft skills, and enhance interview and presentation skills.
- Clarify goals and career expectations in the food safety industry. (CCC 1, 4, 5; PGC 5, 7)
- Develop effective strategies to achieve a successful career or transfer option. (CCC 1, 4, 5; PGC 5, 6)
- Describe how to prepare for a career in the food safety industry. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC 5,7)
- Demonstrate interview and presentation skills. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 5,7)
- Identify various opportunities within food safety or related fields. (CCC 1, 4, 5; PGC 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Clarify goals and career expectations in the food safety industry.
- Create and develop an academic or career plan.
- List academic and career goals and describe how to achieve each goal.
- Develop effective strategies to achieve a successful career or transfer option.
- Evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses.
- Manage personal development strategies.
- Maintain a personal development outline.
- Describe how to prepare for a career in the food safety industry.
- Develop and modify a résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Prepare a professional cover letter.
- Create a list of professional references.
- Demonstrate interview and presentation skills.
- Participate in mock interviews.
- Develop an e-portfolio related to the food safety internship.
- Present the e-portfolio presentation orally.
- Develop professional development skills.
- Identify various opportunities within food safety or related fields.
- Locate available positions in the food science field.
- Apply to an available job opportunity or a four-year food science program.
- Identify potential food safety position requirements.
- Follow the application instructions required for available positions in food safety.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Formative: Career Plan Assignments/Workshops/Field Trips (equally weighted)
Summative: E-portfolio report/presentation
Summative: Job Search Profile (Minimum 5) (equally weighted)
Summative: Interview Assessment
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Apply knowledge of the theories and principles of biology, chemistry, and food microbiology.
- Analyze food samples by common quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Identify emerging technologies and ingredient innovations that have the potential to transform product and process development.
- Analyze market trends associated with the development of foods to maintain and improve health.
- Apply knowledge of food processing to improve the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of processing and packaging efforts.
- Apply knowledge of best practices, risk analysis, traceability, and analytical tools in the areas of microbial and chemical food safety and defense.
- Apply knowledge of public policy, food laws, and regulations that have national and international implications for the food industry, research, and consumer food safety.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.