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FOOD3330 Functional Foods

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Professor Francisco Goycoolea

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of a second year University programme

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

What is a functional food, and what is the future for such foods? What is the dietary significance of functional foods and bioactive food components? How can bioactive components be delivered in manufactured foods? How do probiotics and prebiotics influence health? What are novel fats and what affect can they have on health? Is the consumption of functional foods beneficial to health? What do manufacturers claim and how can they advertise health affects of functional foods?If you have an interest in diet, nutrition and health then Functional Foods is an essential module. Note that you must have passed level 2 of a science based degree programme to be eligible for this module.This 10 credit module is taught by a series of lectures throughout semester 2.


On completion of this module, students will have an understanding of the health, scientific, regulatory an economic issues raised by 'functional foods'. Students will be able to combine scientific understanding gained in this and other modules with 'real world' interests in improving health and in generating added value in the food industry.


Definitions of functional foods - regulatory and international aspects. The economic importance of functional foods. Delivery of bioactive food components. Probiotics. Probiotics and health. Novel fats. Novel fats and health. Minerals and micronutrients. Functional foods and obesity. Flavonoids and functional foods. Flavonoids and health. GMOs as functional foods? Advertising of functional foods.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

16 x 3 hours reading per lecture: 48 hours;
Private study and preparation for examinations: 24 hours.

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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