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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD5055M Food Processing

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Mathew Francis

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto MSc or PG Diploma scheme

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

a) understand the principles underlying industrial food processing for preservation and conversion of food commodities
b) understand relevant heat transfer and fluid flow theory
c) understand the theoretical basis and technology of the major food processing operations.


- Introduction to industrial food processing, including hygienic design and operation of plant; preparation of foods for processing
- Basic fluid flow and heat transfer theory
- Liquid/liquid and liquid/solid separation processes
- Size reduction processes
- Theory and practice of food dehydration, freezing, chilling, concentration, thermal sterilisation, extrusion cooking, packaging
- Preservation by additives
- Packaging
- Integration of unit operations (dairy product, fruit, coffee and a baked product).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Revision Class11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Private study hours141.00
Total Contact hours59.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Practical reports: 30 hours
- Preparation for tests: 10 hours
- Background reading for lectures: 64 hours
- Preparation for examination: 25 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of progress will be through continuously assessed practical reports, from mid-semester tests and from tutorial work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentAssessment 1 at end of semester 115.00
ReportMCQ's for practical25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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)3 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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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