FBMFSS-Food Systems Summer School

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

Email: e.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module will bring together the EIT Food cohort to analyse current problems within the food supply chain, such as environmental pollution or food waste, and develop potential solutions to these issues. Throughout the module you will be exposed to entrepreneurs and industry experts, to help develop your business skills.   


The aim of the module is to get you to analyse a problem and generate new ideas to meet current and future challenges in the food sector.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate the existing literature on the challenge you have been given

  • Design a technical solution to your challenge, taking into account the different stages of the food supply chain

  • Undertake market research and financial modelling in relation to your technical solution

  • Defend your solution during a pitch

Additional outcomes:

  • Entrepreneurial skills including; networking, team building, creativity and presentation skills

  • A basic knowledge on accessing resources to make your ideas a reality

Outline content:

The module will cover the following topics; how to be an effective leader, how to work within a team, developing business ideas, business sustainability, financial modelling, market research, entrepreneurial skills and building a successful business.  

Global context:

Many of the problems presented in the module will be experienced globally, therefore students will need to be able to evaluate the extent of the issues in different geographic regions. Plus consider the most appropriate ways to solve the problems in different locations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be delivered in the format of online learning resources, face to face workshops and lectures, plus tutorials with industry experts.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 20
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 15
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 10
    Group study tasks 30
    Essay preparation 25
    Reflection 5
Total hours by term 150 0 0
Total hours for module 150

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 30 minute group presentation on the solution to the problem that the group was tasked with solving. This will involve making a structured pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors, who will provide feedback on making the ideas commercially viable.

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:


Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of coursework with mark capped at 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 27 September 2019


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