FBMAQS-Applied Food Quality and Safety

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 Kimon-Andreas Karatzas

Email: k.karatzas@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module gives students a multidimensional understanding of the problem solving involved in the industrial development and production of food. The module allows students to apply scientific concepts to an industry scenario, problem solving both quality and safety issues in a food product. Students will apply their understanding of food chemistry and HACCP to improve the physical properties of a food product, and identify critical control points in the production to discuss a HACCP plan. 


This module aims to develop the critical evaluation skills of students through problem solving tasks to prepare students to work in industrial roles involving food development and production. Students will:

  • Learn and apply HACCP principles to a case study, by critically evaluating a given scenario and identifying potential microbiological hazards.

  • Evaluate the effect of different chemical compounds on components of the food product provided in the case study, and conceive a strategy to improve the quality of the product based on chemical knowledge. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss safe food production and management

  • Evaluate a food process to identify critical control points and discuss a HACCP plan

  • Identify and evaluate the factors causing quality issues in a food product

  • Design a plan to change the chemical processes involved in causing the quality issues and improve the overall quality of the product

  • Be able to draw on information from multiple disciplines and integrate this knowledge to be applied to a case study problem

Additional outcomes:

Students will also have the opportunity to develop teamwork skills. Students learn how to analyse problems within the food industry and present their findings and improvement plan in a detailed written communication.

Outline content:

The module is structured as a case study around a given food process, applying knowledge from both HACCP and food chemistry to improve the process of producing the product and the impact on the quality of the final product. This focuses around:

  • Microbiological risks involved in food processing

  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points: undertaking HACCP analysis.

  • Chemicals and reactions responsible for food characteristics influencing quality

  • Changes to chemical composition and reactions used to improve quality


Global context:

The issues covered in this module have international application and the different components will be relevant and can be applied in the food industry in any country in the world.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module centres around a case study giving a range of problems with the safety of the production and quality of the final product. Students will learn about safety and HACCP planning through lectures and seminars and apply these principles to the case study. Issues with quality will be evaluated formal learning (lectures and seminars) as well as explorative methods including practical work and online learning.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Seminars 5
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study:      
    Advance preparation for classes 5
    Preparation of practical report 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 10
    Essay preparation 35
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 0 100 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A technical report will be submitted in week 1 in Summer term (100%)

Formative assessment methods:

Formative assessment will include an interim presentation which will feed into technical report 

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 September 2019


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