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FOOD3060 Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Prof. Michael Rappolt

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year 2 of BSc Food programme.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students will have carried out an in depth review of the application of fundamental scientific principles to the study of a given problem in the field of food studies, nutrition, diet and health. Students will be able to critically assess scientific material.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Carry out library and on-line searches.
2. Plan a literature review.
3. Reference correctly.
4. Show an ability to critically review primary literature.
5. Be able to read and write in an adequate scientific manner.

Skills outcomes
Library skills for searching and retrieval of specific information; communication skills; technical and scientific writing skills; interpretation and assessment of data and published research work.


Students will be given training in library searching techniques, referencing, and in scientific reading and writing. Students will be given an ample choice of subjects, which are topics in food science, nutrition, or in diet and health. Further training will help define the scope of the review and to provide summaries and critical accounts of aspects of the subject.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours91.00
Total Contact hours9.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Workshops on Scientific reading and writing, workshop on literature searching, associated reading and preparation of report. Meetings with supervisor to discuss plan and progress throughout the semesters.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is tested by the literature search workbook (submission in week 5) and by handing in a literature review plan (submission in week 6). The submission of all components is compulsory to pass the module. Without submission of the plan, students will fail the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationFinal report of the research project.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be by resubmission of review. The submission of all components is compulsory to pass the module. Without submission of the plan, students will fail the module.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:04


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