Module Catalogue

ACE3173 : Advanced Food Science

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gerry O'Brien
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Through this module, students will gain a sound understanding of selected relationships between food quality characteristics and the composition of food and food raw materials and an insight into equipment and processes used to achieve particular quality characteristics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered in lectures and independent study assignments:
Food packaging technologies (including Intelligent & Active Packaging).
Food-related enzymes and GM production technologies.
Food Nanotechnology (nutrition / safety and conservation & packaging).
Novel food processing technologies.
Molecular & immuno-based diagnostics in food safety and authenticity testing.

Topics covered in practical:
Each academic year the topic of the practical will alternate, featuring either a wine-making exercise (in which population-growth and process dynamics will be gauged and explored) or food microbiological quality / safety testing (in which rapid testing methods will be compared with traditional plating methods). While the practical will involve group-work, each student will be required to write an individual report which - although partly based on the outcomes of the practical work - will address a related topic, requiring critical assessment of available information including relevant current literature.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of individual written report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for Semester 2 examination and exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Research and reading beyond taught materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Follow-up on lectures and practicals
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lectures to introduce and explain the concepts and illustrate them with relevant examples.

Before the practical, the students will be divided into groups. During the course of the practical, each group will conduct tests / gather data. Afterwards, each student will analyse the obtained data individually, and will include the outcomes as part of a coursework assignment whose topic will include - but not be confined to - the work undertaken in the practical, and which will involve critical assessment of both the practical outcomes and relevant current literature.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A502 essay type questions from a choice of 4.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M501 x 1500-word individual report, relating in part to a practical session undertaken as part of the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide factual information supported by independent study and this factual knowledge is assessed at the exam. The practical session gives students an opportunity to practice what they have learnt in the lectures, to work together as a group to plan and carry out the experimental work. The individual report allows each student to evaluate the outcomes of the practical work and to relate these to broader issues using scientific literature, applying critical evaluation.

Reading Lists