In this unit, we'll provide you with core knowledge of dietary sources of energy, nutrients and bioactive constituents of food, nutrient deficiencies and excesses in the human diet. You'll consider the impact on the development of disease across the lifespan. You'll also develop a comprehensive understanding of nutrients and non-nutrient bioactive compounds. You'll discuss dietary recommendations and analyse programmes with the aim to improve the health of the population and the nutritional adequacy of a variety of diets.
Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry
In this unit you'll extend your knowledge of the role of nutrients within the human body by exploring molecular and biochemical pathways in which macro and micronutrients are metabolised. You'll explore the role of diet in the development of disease and of the needs and goals of industrialised food formulation and production in meeting human nutritional requirements. This unit also develops your ability to present complex scientific knowledge visually and verbally to both lay and scientific audiences.
Food Composition and Analysis
In this unit you'll undertake activities involving the analysis of food samples from across the production chain, examine and analyse the structure and functionality of food macromolecules (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and the influence of chemical profile on the characteristics and quality of foods, and how these can be modified by food processing. You'll also become familiar with laboratory techniques in food chemistry analysis of ingredients and composition.
Dissertation with Research Methods
In this unit, you'll design and undertake a significant scientific research study on a topic of professional interest and relevance in your specialist study area.
In this unit you'll focus on microbiological food hazards and their control, and the importance of microorganisms in food safety and quality.
In this unit you'll explore the key principles that govern individual unit operations and how these operations can be combined to build effective food production chains.
Food Safety and Quality Management
You'll focus on food hazards and their control, and the effective management of risk and product quality through the food chain in this unit.
Innovation in NPD
In this unit you'll explore New product development (NPD)and how it's vital to the economic success of the food industry and hence a strategic focus for successful companies. You'll examine in detail the key stages in the research, creation, design, development, and marketing of new products. Industry linked case studies will enable you to understand the managerial and entrepreneurial aspects of an innovative NPD process within the food and drink sector.
Future Food Sustainability
We've designed this unit for you to explore the risks, challenges and opportunities of food security, and innovative technologies and solutions that can increase productivity and reduce environmental impact.