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FOOD5207M Food Diagnostics and Next- Generation Biosensors

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Matteo Castronovo

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

First degree in a science subject


FOOD5125MFood Biotechnology

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
(a) understand the principles and applications of nucleic acids amplification in biosensing;
(b) understand the principles and applications of biomolecular recognition in biosensing and imaging;
(c) understand the uses and limitations of biosensing in biological samples and food;
(d) understand the opportunities offered by cutting-edge biosensing technologies for food and health;
(e) understand the principles behind GMOs and their detection in food.


Specificity and sensitivity in probe-target interactions; immuno-assays; hybridisation assays; the PCR reaction; sequencing technologies; label-free methods for analysis; and their applications; signal-to-noise ratio, throughput and multiplexing in analysis; limitations in food analysis; scanning probe microscopy (SPM); GMOs and their detection; Nobel Prize winners in pcr, sequencing and SPM.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

32 hours: reading for lectures;
14 hours: reports for practicals;
8 hours: report writing;
24 hours: examination and preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through practicals and attendance at lectures and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation10.00
Written Work500 word lab report10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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)1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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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