Module Catalogue

ACE3154 : Plants for Food and Medicinal Use

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gerry O'Brien
  • Lecturer: Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx, Dr Iain Brownlee, Dr Wai Mun Loke
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To consider the nutritional chemistry of food plants and provide a rational basis for understanding how plant structure and composition influences food value and health consequences for the consumer.
To introduce the concept of bioactive components of plants that may have impacts on human health.

Outline Of Syllabus

Chemical taxonomy of plants

Plant structural and storage compounds, plant secondary metabolites and their impact on human health

The benefits and risks of plant-based diets

Plant crop production and the food chain

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation of oral presentaion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Revision for Semester 2 examination and written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Preparation of executive summary of presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Student presentations and discussion
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00Collection and collation of information for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Reading beyond material presented at lectures
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, using on-line resources provided to accompany lecture material. The group oral presentations during small group teaching allows students to search for and critically evaluate relevant scientific material and to have opportunity to improve their presentation skills through oral presentation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A702 questions from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M30Oral presentation and summary on topic related to current areas of plant foods/bioactives.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal exam tests the knowledge and understanding of the module material and the ability to integrate information into a coherent and structured essay. The oral presentation tests the ability to extract information on a specific topic from the literature and present the material orally as an integrated part of a group presentation.

Reading Lists