FZMR13-International Food Law - The Basics

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 5 [2.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr David Jukes

Email: d.j.jukes@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Delivered on-line only through distance learning using video lectures, interactive forum based seminars and self-directed study hosted on the University of Reading’s VLE, this module will develop the basic knowledge and understanding of matters relating to international food law.


The module aims to provide an introduction to matters relating to international food law such that the student will have developed an understanding of the area to be able to effectively identify and meet the requirements derived from international food law and participate in and contribute to the future development of UK food law.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners should be able to:

•    explain the origins and background to international food legislation and describe its overall structure and key components

•    access the legal requirements which are imposed on the food industry


Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

•    Critical evaluation of data from a variety of sources

•    Effective communication of scientific information in oral and written format with scientific rigour

•    Debating skills


Outline content:

In providing the basic background information and knowledge to international food law this module will cover the following topics

•    Historical development of international food law

•    Current policies and procedures

•    Main elements of current international food law


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of five weeks of distance learning material, including video lectures, guided reading, interactive workbooks and online discussion boards delivered by experts in the area. Discussion and feedback will take place through the Virtual Learning Environment associated with the module and e-mail. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Guided independent study 10 30
Total hours by term 15.00 35.00
Total hours for module 50.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Multiple choice question tests used during distance learning delivery. Questions related to video lectures and directed reading contribute 20% of the module mark. Written assignment (2000 word report): individual assignment. Contributes 80% of module mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Self-assessment multiple choice question tests used during distance learning delivery. 

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall in all assessed work.

Reassessment arrangements:

In the event of a student failing the module they will be reassessed based on resubmission of failed coursework assignments or equivalent pieces of work.  Module marks are capped at 50% for passes at 2nd attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 May 2018


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