University of Florida

PKG 5006
Advanced Principles of Packaging

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Presents materials, uses, functions and production processes of packaging. Topics will include an industry overview of packaging and related applications. The historical, societal and technological drivers of packaging will be discussed. Examples will include how an end-user of packaging decides on the product/package combination they use and the impact these choices make on the market success of a product.




William Pelletier
Phone: 392-1864 x101

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Textbook Required

  • Soroka, (1999). Fundamentals of Packaging Technology.
  • Other readings and materials will be assigned as needed throughout the semester.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Scope
    Background, Definitions, Viewpoint and Trends
  2. Functional Basics of a Package
  3. Materials, Forms and Manufacturing Techniques
    Cellulose (paperboard, corrugate and paper),
    Films (extruded polymeric and coated),
    Metals (aluminum, steel, coated metals),
  4. Market, Regulation and Technology Trends
    Cost, Risk and Environmental Issues
    Degradable packaging, environmental rules and the regulation trends
    Graphic design and decoration of packaging, creating an impression
    Packaging new technologies and trends
  5. Total System
    Actual examples of systems used successfully will be discussed.
    Combination of the Product and Package; Industrial Equipment
    Product production lines and connection to packaging to create a finished product
    Tools for Packaging (design of experiments, case design, software, lab. methods)


The class grade will be derived from three exams, quiz, problem sets and a written and oral packaging plan developed in three stages. No grades are 'curved'; however, all exams will have bonus points that can make a perfect score above the points listed for that item. Absences will only be excused when timely voice message or e-mail notice is given by the student to the instructor. Shown below is the grading scale:

Grading Scale
A 900-1000
B+ 860-899
B 800-859
C+ 760-799
C 700-759
D+ 660-699
D 600-659
Grading Method Points
Exams (3 @ 100 each) 300
Packaging Plan (1st submission - written & oral) 100
Packaging Plan (2nd submission - written & oral) 150
Packaging Plan (3rd submission - written & oral) 200
Attendance/participation/quiz 250
Total 1000

Academic Honesty

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It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.