FB2EFP-Food Processing

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: FB1EP2 Introduction to Food Processing and Engineering
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FB2EFA Food Processing A
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Colette Catherine Fagan

Email: c.c.fagan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
An introduction to the industrial manufacture of foods including theoretical and practical consideration of the major unit operations and processes used by the industry.

To introduce students to both the theoretical and practical considerations in the application of process plant for the production of foods suitable for consumption.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The student will have knowledge of the principles of the main food processing operations and their interactions with foodstuffs. The student will be able to quantitatively evaluate the performance of food processing equipment.

Additional outcomes:
The student should be able to carry out small-scale food processing operations and associated laboratory-based test methods safely.

Outline content:
Raw material properties in relation to processing
• Heat Transfer: mechanisms and processes
• Heat exchangers, heat treatment processes and kinetics
• Evaporation
• Dehydration, including mass transfer considerations
• Separation processes
• Packaging
• Electromagnetic and novel processes
• Cleaning and hygiene

Global context:
It forms an important part of food science, food technology and food science with business degrees, providing students with an insight into the manufacture of foods.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
In the Autumn Term there will be a series of lectures linked to short practical classes. Those practical exercises requiring a longer time will be scheduled in the Spring Term, together with the remaining lectures. Quantitative aspects will be developed further by setting problem sheets on Blackboard. The practical reports will require private study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24 20
Seminars 3
Practicals classes and workshops 12 18
Guided independent study 30 48 45
Total hours by term 66.00 86.00 48.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Written assessment based on 3 blackboard tests and 2 practical reports in autumn term and 3 practical reports in spring term. Reports are to be submitted within 2 term weeks of carrying out the work.

Formative assessment methods:
You will submit a practical report for written formative assessment. You will also receive verbal formative feedback through activities in lectures and in practical classes. You can also receive self-assessed formative feedback through completing practical class assessment sheets and blackboard worksheets

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:
    Written examination during the University re-examination period in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Students are required to print and bring their practical handbook to practical class: estimated cost £2.50 (~50 pages).
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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