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ACE2156 : Food Science and Technology (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will provide students with an introduction to selected areas of food science including food chemistry and the range of technologies used in the food industry for food manufacture from raw material preparation to packaging, storage and distribution. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of some aspects of food manufacturing while enhancing their capacity to carry out independent learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Nutritional role of food.
2. Sensory value of food: physiology of olfaction and gustation; contribution of appearance, aromas, colour and texture to sensory value of foods; sensory testing for food quality assessment.
3. Constituent substances of foods: principal macro-and micro-nutrients; aromas, flavour and colour compounds, non-nutrient and anti-nutrient substances.
4. Processing: changes which occur in foods during processing and cooking; chemical interactions, developed flavours, aromas and colours; nutrient losses; denaturation, oxidation, hydrolysis; changes in texture. Objective of processing; preservation, added value improvement of nutritional value. Processes; thermal processing, heat transfer; freezing; canning.
5. Major food group: cereals; meat, eggs and fish; dairy products; fruit and vegetables.
6. Functional components/additives: emulsifiers, stabilisers, antioxidants, flavourings and sweeteners.
7. Food law; hygiene, labelling, Quality Assurance, Hazard Analysis by Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:3012:30Preparation of written report on case study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for examinations and two exams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture341:0034:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion26:0012:00Preparation of reports from practicals, in groups of 4-5, peer assessed
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work137:3037:30Case study development and data collection
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity32:006:00Peer assessment of contributions to reports from practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Lecture follow-up, compilation of notes, background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Reading on module topics beyond the taught material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lectures to deliver key information relevant to the subject and to provide information upon which the students can extend their learning by private study. Practicals in semester 1 allow the students to test and implement the information provided in the lectures, they are assessed by peer reviewed small group reports, allowing assessment of operational skills such as cooperation and delegation. The case study in Semester 2 includes at least one joint practical session which allows the students to take part in a pilot scale food processing operation.

The independent case study work involves analysis of data and critical evaluation to provide insight into the processes influencing food quality and safety, enabling the student to make comparisons between different processing conditions and operating variables in terms of outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A402 questions from 4
Written Examination601A20Short question exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15Group reports based on practicals, peer assessed, each of 2 reports counts as 7.5 % of marks
Case study2M25Individual case study report on food or drink product, 1500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. The two formal examinations both test the students' knowledge and understanding of food science and technology. The semester 2 exam additionally tests their ability to express ideas in essay form and to select and combine different aspects of food science and technology that are required in a given context.
2. The practical group reports test the students' ability to work as part of a team to research a problem, calculate relevant outcomes from experimental data and produce a coherent report in word-processed form. Includes peer assessment of contributions to group report.
3. The written report assesses the ability of the students to collect, assimilate and critically evaluate published information and primary data obtained in the pilot plant, and then disseminate this information in an appropriately structured report format.

Reading Lists