FS1824: Food Chemistry and Packaging

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 20hr(s) Lectures (blended learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Paul Mcsweeney, Department of VP Teaching and Learning.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Module Objective: To provide essential scientific background in the field of food chemistry, product evaluation and case studies of successful practitioners.
Module Content: Key characteristics of major food constitutents such as water, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins and how some may be determined in the laboratory. Overview of the principal packaging systems used in foods.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Distinguish between proteins, carbohydrates and fats and to understand the basic chemical differences between these substances.
  • Describe the principal features of the protein, fat and carbohydrate systems in some common foods and to use this knowledge to explain the properties of the foods and major changes which may occur on processing.
  • Describe briefly the importance of enzymes to foods and the chemistry of food pigments, browning reactions and preservatives.
  • Describe the fundamentals of food packaging, types of packaging, basic legal requirements for food packaging, environmental issues pertaining to food packaging waste.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (online / in-class test: Food chemistry, 50 marks; Packaging, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): None.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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