FOOD QUALITY ASSURANCE AND SECURITY - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3071

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

GUTIERREZ J Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

D610

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 28

Tutorial Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - ONE 2000 WORD ESSAY 30%
Examination EXAMINATION - ESSAY QUESTIONS - 120 MINUTES 70%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

The purpose of the module is to provide a detailed theoretical knowledge of Food Quality Assurance as well as Food and Water Security in order to improve the provision of safe food components and commodities that have high nutritional and organoleptic quality. The analysis of foods and processing methods to meet UK and EU food legislation and guidelines is also examined. This module also covers aspects related to Food Safety, in particular in relation to food-borne disease in order to appreciate the importance of carrying out appropriate risk assessment for further implementation of HACCP methods. The module comprising lectures, tutorials and assessments form an essential part of the Nutrition and Food Science (BD46) and Food Science and Microbiology (CD 56) degrees. 

Module aims

To examine critically the standard and latest techniques used to assess different classes of food for example water, lipids, proteins and carbohydrates

Provide an appreciation of the important micro-organisms that cause food borne disease and their relative risks (including mycotoxin producing fungi).

To examine critically the composition and quality control procedures used to assess commodities and products

To acquire an understanding of the implications of processing and storage on the safety and acceptance of food and food products

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
To demonstrate knowledge of factors affecting global food and water security KC
Critically discuss the advantages, disadvantages and usefulness of techniques used to analyse food components KCPT
Demonstrate a knowledge of the composition and quality of the major food commodities and products KCPT
Have a good appreciation and hazards/risks associated with food borne micro-organisms KCPT
Critically evaluate commodities and products in terms of food safety, nutrition and acceptability of foods using the latest quality control procedures KCPT
Demonstrate knowledge of the UK and EU regulations related to major food commodities and products KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes

Introduction: Food Security, Water Security and measurement of water quality

Food Legislation -UK

Food Legislation - EU

Protein analysis: proximate analysis of proteins and detection of specific proteins

Carbohydrate analysis: analysis of simple sugars, starch, cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin and "dietary fibre"

Lipid analysis:  proximate analysis and characterisation/quantification of lipid  subclasses;

Oils and fats,  rancidity and adulteration; detection of processing

Mineral analysis: recent advances in the detection of minerals in relation to legislation

Vitamin analysis: a critical review of methods of analysis for water and fat soluble vitamins

Food microorganisms and mycotoxins

Microbial Quality Analysis,  HACCP, factory hygiene and sanitation

Quality Analysis of milk and dairy products in relation to legislation

Quality Analysis of Meat and meat products, composition, legislation and adulteration

Quality Analysis of Plant food and cereals

Genetically engineered foods: analysis and quality control

Tutorials

 

 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 


To provide an understanding and knowledge of global problems, like food and water security, and the role of food quality assurance through lectures and tutorials.


 


To provide knowledge of the standard and latest techniques used to assess different classes of food for example water, lipids, proteins and carbohydrates


 


To provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they can describe, explain and understand the type of micro-organisms that can cause disease.


 


    To provide detailed knowledge and critical reviews of the composition and quality control procedures used to assess commodities and processed products


 


  To acquire an understanding of the implications of processing and storage on the nutritional and organoleptic quality and acceptance of food and food products


 


  Lectures include the details of the framework for UK and EU Food legislation as well as drawing attention to specific legislation and guidelines related to the major food commodities and products


 


   Experts in various fields including from other Faculties like Chemistry (Mineral Analysis) and visiting lecturers from EFSA, FSA and Food industry provide an in depth knowledge of specific subjects that cannot be covered by FHMS staff.


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures 22 x 1 h  lectures over 10 weeks
Tutorials  2 x 1 h 
Class discussions


 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


A knowledge of factors affecting food and water security



Their ability to critically discuss the advantages, disadvantages and usefulness of techniques used to analyse food components
Their knowledge of the composition and quality of the major food commodities and products
Their ability to critically evaluate commodities and products in terms of nutrition, safety and acceptability of foods using the latest quality control procedures
Their knowledge of the UK and EU regulations and guidelines related to the provision of safe, nutritious and high quality food commodities and processed products


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework  -  30 % (one essay on topics related to course content. The coursework is 2000 words in length and worth 30 %, to be submitted in week 7).

Examination  -  One paper ( 2 hours) in Semester 2.  Students answer 2 out 5 questions.

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback is provided in class discussions and tutorials.

Feedback is provided individually on the coursework within three weeks after submission.

Reading list

Reading list for FOOD QUALITY ASSURANCE AND SECURITY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3071

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.