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FOOD5243M Food Chemistry and Biochemistry

15 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Darren Greetham

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

First degree in a science subject or equivalent with sufficient Biochemistry or Chemistry or Chemical Engineering for MSc entry

Module replaces

Nutrient & Food Biochemical Structure and Function (FOOD5242M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide you with an understanding of the biochemical reactions and processes happening in food on a molecular level to understand the functionality of nutrients.


Evaluate the chemical structure and function of nutrients and their molecular diversity in food
• Explore the macromolecular interactions and reactions found in food biochemistry
• Consider the fundamental chemical reactions underlying food biochemistry.
• Explain the roles of representative enzymes in bioprocessing of nutrients and food components.

The lectures, laboratory practicals and seminars are designed to achieve the objectives.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Explain the biochemical food components and the classes of nutrients and their roles.
2. Explain enzyme action and how enzymes are involved in acting on nutrients producing food properties,
3. Evaluate laboratory data on analytical chemistry
4. Explain the nature of food colour and flavour compounds and properties of micronutrients and their bioactivity.
5 Write scientifically at an academically acceptable standard in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner which is supported by relevant evidence. 
6 Demonstrate planning in time management, tasks orientated, and organise academic and personal commitments effectively 

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

7. Communication skills – the ability to report laboratory practical's into both written and verbal communication. These should be clear, concise and scientifically valid both as written reports and oral presentations. This extends to conversations within the lecture series and communication with the module leader and lecturers and with other students
8. Effective working within groups to work towards summative assessment. Assessment in this module is group based and as a result effective group work is essential. Guides have been put into place and peer-observation and marking has been placed within the assessment criteria.
9.Time management within the module assessment and arriving for lectures, seminars and practicals. Attendance is required for the lectures and arrival at a reasonable time expected. Assessments and exams have set deadlines, and these have to be adhered to with penalties for very late submission
10. Time management, this module has around 40 hours of face-to-face lecturing and lab sessions etc, however, the students are expected to study for 200 hours. Time management is also important for the group-based activities which are used in the assessment structure
11.Leadership - we are expecting students to own their group work and assessment and expect them to lead in their groups. We will support the groups and encourage effective team dynamics. This also extends to working in the labs.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

General feedback is given during taught sessions

Practice problems in a similar format to the exam are posted online. Then over several sessions the lectures spend time going through them step by step rather than just giving the students the answers. Further practice calculations are posted online with a step to step guide on how to answer them.

DG has open office contact hours were students can pop in and ask questions. Students are also encouraged to contact all academics if there is a problem with understanding and 1 to 1 session’s are arranged.

Formative feedback will follow summative assessment pieces such as student performance in presentations for polyphenol oxidases (within a small group). Seminar series has been written to give feedback to the students on how to write effective lab reports and to undergo some peer observations and interactive feedback sessions with JB and DG.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Coursework resits will be individually sat rather than group based as in the core module assessment. The resit coursework will cover the learning outcomes embedded within the module.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)1 hr 30 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Exam period should be shared with second year module

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:14:15


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