BSEN20060 Food Physics

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is designed to provide an understanding of the physical properties of foods and how they influence the design and operation of major food processing operations and also how they influence consumer perception and preferences for foods. The module covers physical, rheological and thermal properties of foods including the principles and design of measurement techniques. Topics covered include: Colour measurement, thermal properties of food (specific heat; thermal conductivity; thermal diffusivity); Electrical properties of foods (microwave and dielectric properties -radio frequency heating); Liquid properties of foods (food rheology); Solid properties of foods (texture of solid foods);Water in foods (psychrometrics and food storage; Water activity; Influence on drying of foods). The module focuses on fundamental and empirical rheological measurement techniques and the corresponding application of measurement results in material characterisation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Explain the basic sciences governing selected Physical Properties of Foods.
- Describe their importance to both the consumer and the food manufacturer.
- Perform simple calculations involving physical properties.

- Determine the numerical values of food physical properties by:-(a) Laboratory measurement; (b) Literature search; (c) Calculation where appropriate.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online Lectures and practicals 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Practical Examination: Exam on skills learned during practical sessions Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ quiz Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Tesfaye Bedane Tutor
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Tutor
Mr Daniele Frontuto Tutor
Assoc Professor Paddy Grace Tutor
Professor James Lyng Tutor
Ms Selene Pedros Garrido Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 12:50