Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Introduction to Laboratory Skills

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Food Sciences and Nutrition

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is an introduction to the application of principles Health, Biological Hazards, Food Safety and food analysis. The students will be exposed to a variety of food scenarios and will be encouraged to scientifically evaluate food using analysis skills, standards, legislation and published policy documentation.

This practical study-unit will give the student exposure to theoretical issues about Food Safety and Environmental Health. They will also be trained to deal with hygiene and processing designs and hurdles (real or perceived) which food professionals deal with on a daily basis.

This unit incorporates theoretical and laboratory practicals and will help the students familiarise themselves with the fundamental principles and analysis techniques used to develop food labels.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable students to recall and demonstrate knowledge of basic client assessment, food monitoring, safety and analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- assimilate the theoretical principles of Food Safety;
- demonstrate an understanding of laboratory practice and safety;
- comprehend and interpret food labels;
- characterize food composition;
- review the basic methods of analysis of foods; and
- review the anthropometric measurements used in nutritional assessment.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- identify and assess potential food hazards;
- recognize and interpret food labels;
- perform sample preparation for analysis;
- demonstrate competence in sample preparation;
- demonstrate competence in fundamental food analysis; and
- demonstrate competence in anthropometric assessment.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Food microbiology : a laboratory manual. Yousef, Ahmed Elmeleigy Carlstrom, Carolyn 2003.
- Food microbiology and laboratory practice.
- Bell, Chris Neaves, Paul; Williams, Anthony P. 2005.
- Public Health Nutrition, 2nd Edition Judith L. Buttriss (Editor), Ailsa A. Welch (Editor), John M. Kearney (Editor), Susan A. Lanham-New (Editor) ISBN: 978-1-118-66097-3.

Supplementary Readings

- Fleming, D. O. i. b., & Hunt, D. L. (Eds.). (2000). Biological safety : Principles and practices (3rd ed.) ASM.
- Diberardinis, L. J. (2001). Guidelines for laboratory design : Health and safety considerations. - 3rd ed Wiley Interscience.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study, Lecture, Practical & Tutorials

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task SEM2 No 50%
Workbook SEM2 No 50%

LECTURER/S Sholeem Griffin
Vasileios Valdramidis
Renato Zerafa

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