BSEN30320 Food Process Engineering

Academic Year 2022/2023

In this module you will study the application of heat and mass transfer, and reaction kinetic principles to a range of unit operations employed in the processing and preservation of food products. Specific topics covered will include drying, pasteurisation, aseptic processing, microwave and dielectric heating, crystallisation, evaporation, emulsification, process analytical technology and process simulations for equipment design. New and emerging technologies for the non thermal processing of foods and bioproducts (such a cold plasma processing) will be reviewed. Physical, chemical and microbiological changes which occur in foods during processing will also be studied. Specific case studies will be used to illustrate the processing technology presented in this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe the effects of processing technologies on the main physical, chemical and microbiological properties of food products.
- Explain the function and operation of the unit operations studied.
- Apply appropriate engineering tools and methods to solve numerical problems related to these operations and processes.
- Use basic equations and process simulations to analyse and design food engineering processes and equipment.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
To get the maximum out of this module students should attend all lectures and complete all assignments/practicals reports.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40020 - Advanced Food Process Eng

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Lab Report: Laboratory Pacticals Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Individual Assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End-of-Trimester Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


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

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Name Role
Professor Paula Bourke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gerard Downey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Colm O'Donnell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 30, 32 Tues 14:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 12:00 - 12:50