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Module

ACE3040 : Animal Product Quality and Marketing

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Guy
  • Lecturer: Dr Sharron Kuznesof
  • Other Staff: Professor Thomas Hill
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide students with an understanding of:
- the complex relationships between animal production practices and the quality of end products.
- the complexity of marketing and the current markets for the primary animal products in the UK.
The module considers the interface of the production of animal products with consumer requirements for these products. It is delivered by social scientists, food scientists and animal scientists so that each aspect of the syllabus is delivered by a subject specialist. The content of the module requires a degree of understanding of scientific principles (such as the conversion of muscle to meat) for which some students may need to undertake additional reading. Emphasis is also placed on students undertaking their own background reading into particular aspects of animal product marketing and quality which interest them, particularly if this might lead to employment opportunities e.g. as a Food Technologist for a particular animal product.

Outline Of Syllabus

1) Introduction
Definitions of 'quality' and 'marketing'
Evaluation of quality: measurement in meat, milk and eggs
Consumer requirements and perceptions of animal products

2) Meat and meat products
Structure and function of muscle, conversion of muscle to meat
Factors affecting meat quality - pre and post farm gate effects
Consumer requirements, including perceptions and nutritional qualities
Meat processing - determinants of quality
UK market for red meat and poultry

3) Milk and milk products
The market for milk and milk products: changing requirements and distribution systems
Manipulation of milk composition and quality - production effects
Processing of milk for liquid composition - low fat, long life and nutritionally-enhanced products
Requirements and processes for butter, cheese, yoghurt and other milk products

4) Eggs and egg products
Markets in the UK and EU
Quality criteria and their modification by production practices

5) Additional topics to be covered
Opportunities for co-operation within the animal product sector
EU role in the support of animal products

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable