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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD5270M Food Analysis

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Yuan Guo

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students:
- should be able to analyse a food for major nutrients, and understand the limitations of the procedures;
- will understand chemical methods used to assess bioavailabilty, and will gain laboratory experience in some procedures to assess bioavailability;
- will understand HPLC and GLC techniques, their role and limitations in analysis of nutrients;
- will be able to design an analytical protocol and apply this in the laboratory;
- will gain laboratory experience in analysis of nutrients, and in planning laboratory experimentation.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be better able to:
- Understand a range of techniques and their use in determining food composition.
- Understand chemical methods for assessing nutritional quality of foods.
-To be able to plan work and carry out analysis to produce a nutritional label for food.

Skills outcomes
- Laboratory skills
- Planning skills
- Presentation and problem solving
- Group working
- Numeracy and data evaluation skills
- Recording and use of analytical data
- Technical report writing skills.


- Introduction
- Methods of calibration and assessment of errors
- Theory and practice of selected techniques used in food analysis including spectroscopic, chromatographic and electrophoretic.
- Estimation of protein, charbohydrate and lipid in foods.
- Chemical methods used to assess bioavailability of selected nutrients
- The practical component will provide experience of some techniques described in lectures and will include an open ended problem requiring analytical planning.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 10 hours: prep work for practical assignment
- 11 hours: report writing
- 18 hours: reading for lectures
- 25 hours: examination work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through attendance and through an initial interview and then through regular laboratory attendance.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCourse Quiz20.00
ReportLab Reports (Written Proposal, Poster and Appendix, Peer Review)60.00
PracticalLaboratory Performance (COSHH, Diary, Etiquette)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 26/09/2023 15:45:16


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