WINESCI 704 : Sensory Evaluation and Statistical Methods
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
This course is designed to give an overall picture of the sensory properties of wine and how, why, and where sensory science is used in the wine industry and wine research. Lectures will cover basic wine-tasting methods, sensory evaluation methods, and human perception, response, and preference. Statistical methods will be introduced and applied to design sensory experiments and analyze data from academic wine tasting. As part of the laboratory component of this course, a major sensory tasting experience will introduce wines from different domestic and international regions, cultivars and vintages. Students will learn how to detect wine faults and correctly describe the sensory properties of wine during tastings.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
- Design basic sensory experiments to test specific hypotheses (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Understand and explain the main sources of bias when designing a sensory experiment (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Analyse data from sensory tests using basic statistical methods. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practical application of sensory evaluations in the wine industry and wine research. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Describe using the correct sensory terms, the appearance, taste and mouthfeel of wine. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Identify faults in wine (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Evaluate wine types and styles from different international and local regions (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
|Sensory Test||45%||Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||30%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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Lectures will cover basic wine tasting methods, sensory evaluation methods and human perception, response and preference. Statistical methods will be introduced and applied to design sensory experiments and analyse data from academic wine tasting. As part of the laboratory component of this course a major sensory tasting experience will introduce wines from different domestic and international regions, cultivars and vintages. Students will learn how to detect wine faults and correctly describe sensory properties of wine during tastings.
This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 18 hours of lectures, a 2-hour tutorial, and 22 hours of laboratories.
Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials/labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
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Hands-on examples of sensory tests within lectures will continue in 2023 based on positive student feedback.
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