Subject details

  • Topics
    • Food Commodities and classifications
    • Organic Food Chemistry (water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, bioactives)
    • Farm to Meal (primary and secondary production, food composition and databases, food and nutrition labelling)
    • Moussaka major investigation (including FoodChoices software nutrition analysis)
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. use several classification systems to describe a food and discuss the value of the classification
  2. describe the chemistry (including the formation of each component from basic organic compounds) and function of the key components of food
  3. identify the chemistry and function of given bioactive food components and determine key food sources
  4. describe and apply principles of food chemistry used to maximise the sensory (organoleptic) and nutritional properties of food
  5. determine and discuss the accuracy of a nutritional analysis of a meal or recipe
  6. Describe  energy balance in humans. You will be able to: (a) calculate approximate energy values of a food from the energy value of its individual energy-yielding nutrients; (b) record energy values of foods and their components and compare to food composition database values; (c) describe the contribution of food to energy balance in the human body.
  • Assignment 1 - 4 x worksheets 1200 word equiv (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - 2 x 45 min Mastery Quizzes (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1200 word individual report (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

In this subject students will be introduced to the fundamentals of food science relevant for the study of human nutritional science including: classifications, structure and function of food; chemistry of key food components such as macro- and micronutrients and other functional compounds; introduction to food composition data and key methods of analysing nutritional composition of foods; and physical, chemical, nutritional and sensory changes in preparation, cooking and storage of food.

In this subject you will be required to complete food science practicals/assessment tasks in your own kitchen or one you arrange to access. You will need to purchase ingredients and have access to standard kitchen equipment including a digital thermometer and digital scales. Cooking or handling foods from across all food groups (including red meat, eggs and milk) is part of the required degreework. Sensory analysis requiring the tasting of food, is at your discretion to accommodate special dietary requirements. Students should direct any questions to the Degree Coordinators prior to enrolment.

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