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FOOD5131M Food Research: Recent Revelations and Disputes

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Mahmood Akhtar

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOOD3130Food Research: Recent Revelations and Disputes

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students will have an understanding of the application of the principles of basic science to a range of problems in food research, with particular emphasis on topics which are currently being investigated.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the basic principles of food research
- be aware of current problems as investigated on various research topics
- understand recent research advances on current research topics
- learn new methodologies for investigating complex food systems
- understand examples of technologies used for characterizing food systems
- demonstrate an understanding of the various skills required for food research


Students will be presented with a number of topics of current research interest in Food science. The lectures are given by different members of staff as well as experts from outside the school on recent areas of their research interest and can vary from one year to next. The training provides an account of specific aspects, eg: methodology, strengths and weaknesses of chosen approaches, areas of scientific dispute and relevant advances in understanding for each of the topics presented. Students will then critique an area of research looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology used, areas of scientific dispute and relevant advances in understanding.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Private study on lecture material - 52 hours
Preparation of the critique - 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through attendance monitoring during lectures and contribution and participation during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1000 word critique10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

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: 30/04/2019


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