FB2EFP-Food Processing

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: FB1EP2 Introduction to Food Processing and Engineering
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FB2EFA Food Processing A
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Julia Rodriguez-Garcia

Email: j.rodriguezgarcia@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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 materials properties in relation to processing

  • Heat Transfer: mechanisms and processes

  •  Heat exchangers, heat treatment processes and kinetics

A limited number of other unit operations/processes

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 32 32 6
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 30
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

2 Hour 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written assessments are based on the practical classes. In Autumn term there will be two practical reports. In Spring term there will be one class test. 

Formative assessment methods:

In Autumn term you will submit a practical report for written formative assessment and you will also submit three formative blackboard test. In Spring term you will complete six formative backboard tests. 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 Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment 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 an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

    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: 8 April 2019


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