FBMC10-Food Composition and Quality

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Paula Jauregi

Email: p.jauregi@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides a summary of key aspects of food composition that influence food quality. The module covers the chemistry of major food components, i.e. proteins, carbohydrates and lipids with respect to their role in food structure and function, and therefore as determinants of food quality. The module further develops understanding of the practical application of food analysis methodologies to the characterisation of chemical composition of foods for the assessment of food quality and authenticity.


This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and insights to describe and discuss the role of chemical composition of foods in determining quality attributes.  The module further aims to describe the application of chemical analysis of foods and interpretation of results from food analysis to assess the quality of the food.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should have developed requisite knowledge and understanding to enable them to undertake descriptive analysis, synthesis and evaluative discussion of the following key aspects of food composition and quality:

• the structural and functional properties of major food components (proteins, lipids and carbohydrates);

• the impacts of food processing and storage on food components, and the consequences for food quality;

• the recommendation of appropriate analytical methodologies to characterize food composition and quality attributes (including flavour, colour and texture).

On completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

• design and completion of experiments for the chemical analysis of food;

• interpretation and presentation of data to produce accurate and critical reports that support cogent conclusions.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop laboratory, team working and numeracy skills.

Outline content:

The module is structured around the following themes:

  1. Structure and properties of major components, namely proteins, carbohydrates and lipids

  2. Physicochemical factors influencing the stability of food components

  3. Laboratory analytical techniques for the characterisation of food composition

Global context:

The module is refers to the influence of chemical composition on the quality of major, global food commodities.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 6
Practicals classes and workshops 12
Guided independent study: 70
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module will be assessed by a laboratory report originating from the analysis of foods using instrumental analysis methods (50%), and by a one-hour in-class test sat under examination conditions at the end of the module.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of coursework

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019


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