FB2C30-Composition, Properties and Analysis of Foods

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH1FC3 Molecular Studies for the Life Sciences
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FB2C10 Chemistry of Food Components FB2C20 Composition and Properties of Foods
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Richard Frazier

Email: r.a.frazier@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide knowledge of (a) the chemical composition and properties of foods and how major food components and permitted food additives impact on food quality; (b) the changes in major food components that occur during storage and processing and their roles in important food commodities; (c) laboratory methods for the chemical analysis of food components; and (d) skills for conducting laboratory investigations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to:
- State the main properties of the major food components (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, water) and describe the effects of storage and common food processing operations on them.
- Describe the composition and properties of important food commodities (e.g. dairy, cereals, meat).
- Describe selected permitted food additives and discuss their impact on food quality and/or safety.
- Describe selected analytical techniques and discuss their application for analysis of foods and food composition.
- Perform laboratory procedures to analyse selected food components to obtain reliable data.
- Design and execute laboratory experiments

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their experimental planning and data analysis skills.

Outline content:
The module will consist of a course of lectures and directed reading related to carbohydrate chemistry, lipid chemistry, protein chemistry, water/water activity, composition and properties of major commodities (dairy, cereals, meat) and food additives. A series of laboratory classes will cover methods of instrumental analysis applied to foods and will be supported by online lectures and directed reading. A further series of laboratory classes will allocate students in small teams to conduct a student-centred laboratory investigation.

Global context:
Sources of commodities will be discussed

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be by lectures (both face-to-face and online), directed reading and laboratory classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 10
Practicals classes and workshops 60
Guided independent study 80 130
Total hours by term 100.00 200.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Written assignment including essay 15
Report 45

Other information on summative assessment:
Written examination during Summer Term (40% module mark)
Written assignment set during Autumn Term (15% module mark)
Practical class reports set in Spring Term (45% module mark)

Formative assessment methods:
Formative assessment will consist of online MCQ format tests that will relate to series of online lectures available during the Spring Term. These MCQ tests will allow students to evaluate their own learning and will prepare them for laboratory classes.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by alternative assignments before or during the August re-examination period.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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