Advanced Principles of Packaging

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Course focuses on the materials, uses, functions and production processes of packaging. Topics include an industry overview and related applications as well as the historical, societal and technological drivers of packaging and how end-users decide on the product/package combination they use for their product and the impact these choices make on the product's market success.




William Pelletier
Office: 101 Frazier Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 x101

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


Soroka, Walter. 2014. Fundamentals of Packaging Technology 5th Edition. Institute of Packaging Profesionals, Naperville, IL, U.S.A. 748 p.

Course Summary

Advanced Principles of Packaging presents an overview of packaging and incorporates many disciplines to enable students to effectively communicate and coordinate packaging activities.  This course addresses packaging materials. Topics include an industry overview of packaging and related applications. The historical, societal and technological drivers of packaging are explored in the context of packaging materials, converting, and production processes and packaging testing and laws and regulations. The graduate level of this course may require additional assignments.

Course Objectives

Students, upon completing this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the critical role packaging plays in life and health.
  2. Understand the packaging industry, current and future trends.
  3. Explain packaging materials in use.
  4. Describe converting operations for packaging materials.
  5. Form an opinion on the environmental issues related to packaging and society. 
  6. Understand packaging laws and regulations. 

Course Outline

  1. Packaging Functions
  2. Graphic Design
    Demographics and Psychographics
    The Retail Environment
    Fundamental Messages
    Graphic Design Basics
    Package Design and Marketing Studies
  3. Package Printing and Decorating
    Other Package Decoration Techniques
  4. Paper and Paperboard
    Source and Preparation of Fiber
    Representative Paper-Making Machines
    Paper Characterization and Types
    Paperboard Grades
  5. Paperboard Cartons
    Paperboard Package Classifications
    Folding Carton Design
    Selecting the Correct Paperboard
    The Carton Production Process
  6. Metal Cans and Containers
    Can-making Steels
    Impact Extrusion
    Can Dimensioning
    Protective Coatings
  7. Glass Containers
    Glass Types and General Properties
    Commercial Glass Manufacturing
  8. Polymer Chemistry for the Nonchemist
    Introduction to Plastics
    Packaging Polymers
    Thermal Behavior
    Thermoplastic and Thermoset Polymers
  9. Shaping Plastics
    Plasticating Extruders
    Profile Extrusion
    Injection Molding
    Extrusion Blow Molding
    Injection Blow Molding
  10. Plastic Applications
    Production, Properties and Applications
    Characterizing Plastic Materials
  11. Closures
    Container and Closure Dimensioning
    Metal Closures
    Closure Seals
    Plastic Closures
    Injection Molds and Closure Design
    Tamper-Evident, Child-Resistant
  12. Adhesives
    Surface Treatment
    Common Classes of Packaging Adhesives
    Adhesive Application
    Inspecting Bond Failures
  13. Flexible Packaging Laminates
    Aluminum Foil
    Vacuum Metallizing
    Laminate Structural and Physical Properties
    Flexible Bags, Pouches and Sachets
    Barrier, Aesthetics and Other Properties
    Laminating Processes
  14. Corrugated Fiberboard
    Corrugated Board
    Carrier Rules and Regulations
    Corrugated Boxes
    Special Board Treatments
  15. Applied Packaging
    Types of Packaging
    Bar Codes
    Security Labeling
    Durable Goods Packaging
    Creative Designs


A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Attendance, Expectations and Behavior:
Attendance (on time) at lectures is expected from all students at all times.  Cell phones must be turned off prior to the start of class.  No food will be permitted in class.

 Homework Assignments:
Assignments must be presented on 8.5" x 11" paper; on one side only.  Assignments will be marked down for a sloppy presentation and, if excessive, they may be returned un-graded. 
Project reports, including all calculations, must be typed and are due one week from when assigned.  Homework assignments and project reports must be turned in before class begins.  Assignments returned late, before 5:00 PM on the day they were due, will be marked down by 10% of their total.  Assignments returned late, before 5:00 PM on the day following the due date will be marked down by 50% of their total. No assignments will be accepted after 5:00 PM on the day following the due date

Grading Scale
A 90-100%
A- 87-89
B+ 84-86
B 80-83
B- 77-79
C+ 74-76
C 70-73
C- 67-69
D+ 64-66
D 60-63
D- <60
Final Comprehensive Exam 25%
Two Examinations 50%
Problem Sets, Projects, Quizzes 15%
Attendance 10%

Makeup Policy

No make-up exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.


Academic Honesty

In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.

The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.

(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)

It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.

This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against university policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

UF Counseling and Career 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 and Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  2. Career Connections Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.