IFT101 - Documentation/Communication for Food Manufacturing

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Subject Title
Documentation/Communication for Food Manufacturing

Subject Description
Students acquire the professional communication skills required for the food manufacturing industry. Topics include: interpreting standards, regulations, commonly used documents and plans; writing plans, procedures and reports according to a template; responding to complaints; documentation requirements and standards of the food industry; and interpersonal communications.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Industrial Food Technology Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Interpret technical and scientific data related to food safety and food quality.
  2. Interpet standards and regulations related to food manufacturing and processing.
  3. Interpret plans within the food manufacturing industry.
  4. Write manufacturing procedures and SOPs clearly, concisely and in the correct format.
  5. Describe the recordkeeping requirements within the food manufacturing and food processing industry.
  6. Discuss the requirements related to documentation retention and storage in the food manufacturing/ processing industry.
  7. Manage files and documents to ensure access, accuracy, currency, proper storage and distribution.
  8. Support labeling systems and databases.
  9. Prepare reports for various audiences according to prescribed templates.
  10. Respond clearly in writing to complaints by consumers and regulators.
  11. Take distribute minutes of meetings.
  12. Orally communicate professionally to a variety of audiences.
  13. Create product specifications.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None

Topic Outline
Interpreting Regulations and Technical data
Interpreting Standards
Interpreting a HACCP Plan
Writing a HACCP Plan
Writing an SOP
Interpreting an SOP
Interpreting a Report
The Role of Documentation
Document Storage
Record keeping Practice
Food Labeling
Technical Reports
Complaint Handling
Meetings and minutes of meetings
Interpersonal Communication
Interpreting Product Specifications

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
None

Reference Material

  • Website CFIA  www.inspection.gc.ca
  • Sample HACCP Plan
  • Sample SOPs
  • Sample from Food Industry ( Document Storage)
  • Sample Sanitation records
  • “Purpose of Food labeling”, “Basic labeling Requirements” from CFIA
  • Sample from lab report
  • “Effective Communication for Technical Professionals" from DM
  • Sample of a Supplier Product Specifications 

Required Supplies
None

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation

Assignments
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

LAB COURSES
Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.    

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.
 
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Assignment 30%
Case Scenario  10%
In class activity & Peer Feedback (2 x 15%) 30%
Final Exam 30%

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.

PLEASE RETAIN THIS SUBJECT OUTLINE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE USE IN SUPPORT OF CREDIT APPLICATIONS AT OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Approved by: Denis Gravelle