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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD2150 Food and the Allergic Reaction

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Prof Alan Mackie

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Completion of Year 1 of a BSc Food Science, BSc Food Science and Nutrtion or BSc Nutrition.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to understand the elements and concepts of immunology involved with allergic reactions, the symptons of allergic responses, how regulations governing allergens in food have evolved, how allergic foods are detected, and how scientists are trying to minimise the number and severity of allergic reactions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have a better understanding of:
- the importance of the immune system in health;
- the IgE-based allergic reaction;
- the science behind treatment and cure;
- regulation of allergens in food;
- detection of allergenic foods;
- why some individuals might develop allergy;
- why some foods might be more allergenic than others.


- The normal immune response;
- Immunoassays and detection of food proteins;
- The allergic reaction and consequent symptoms;
- Diagnosis;
- The production of IgG and IgE;
- Characterisation of food allergen molecules;
- The Hygeine Hypothesis;
- Development of immune tolerance;
- Regulations for allergenic foods.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The directed reading will be a recent research paper on which the students will have to answer a compulsory examination question; students will be expected to understand the background to the research, what has been achieved and how the research fits into wider understanding.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student's will receive 3 lots of MCQs after each 1/3 of teaching to that they can monitor their progress.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/09/2019


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