FDSC20110 Food Diet and Health II - Making Healthy Food Choices

Academic Year 2023/2024

Ever wondered what's in your food and is it good for you? This module introduces students to the health attributes of the main food groups Cereal Products, Fruit and Vegetables, Dairy products, Meat/Fish/Eggs. Students will learn how production and manufacturing processes influence the health attributes of foods. Throughout the course you will learn about where foods come from (e.g. organic versus inorganic), how foods are made, the nutritional quality of food and potential health benefits/risks. Students will also learn about the role of additives in foods and food regulation and how to produce effective posters. The goal of the module is to help students make informed food choices based on scientific evidence that can help to maintain health.

NOTE: This module can be taken before or after FDSC10010 Food Diet and Health 1, and Food Diet and Health 3

Stage 4 Food Science students may not access this module as an elective.

This module will contribute to the development of the following COMPETENCIES that are CORE to your development as a professional in Food Science:
This module will allow students to explore the use of beneficial microorganisms in fermented food systems, and determine the influence of the food system characteristics and processing parameters on the growth survival, and control of microorganisms.

The group project in this module requires the student to research and understand the variability inherent in raw materials and how they impact the production and quality of fermented foods. Students should be aware of the principles that make food products safe to consume and will explore some processing techniques and the effect of processing parameters on the fermented product quality.

This module will take a multimedia approach to develop students' research and communication skills. Students will demonstrate Research skills by sourcing 8 relevant peer-reviewed research articles on a selected topic from which they will extract the key points of each paper in a research portfolio. They will communicate this technical information to an expert audience using e-posters.

Assessment will be 100% continuous Assessment.
There will be 1 MCQ exam worth 50% which will take place on Monday of WEEK 12 at 13.00. Attendance on this date is MANDATORY unless you have valid extenuating circumstances.

There will also be a research project worth 50% in which each student will be assigned a topic. Each student will produce an individual mindmap to plan their research, research 8 recent papers, and write a short report on each in their portfolio They will then submit an individual poster. Dates and grade breakdown can be found within the Module 'MY LEARNING' section of the module page.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate their knowledge of the production, processing, and nutritional value of the main food groups
2. Know the regulations associated with the production, sale, and consumption of food and drink.
3. Source and critique appropriate peer-reviewed research papers and synthesise findings into a short scientific report directed at an expert audience.
4. Effectively communicate the results of their research to an expert audience using Poster design and voice-over to convey the project message.
5. Evaluate their own work in a fair and useful manner using scoring rubrics, giving evidence-based justification for the scores provided.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching and learning strategy in this module is designed to facilitate a range of learning styles. It incorporates a Blended-learning strategy combining virtual classroom delivery with pre-prepared online lectures/learning material to disseminate discipline knowledge. A Dedicated Questions and Answers discussion board will be open to facilitate students who may have further questions. Email should not be used to answer module queries as the rest of the class would miss out on the response. The Module coordinator will hold module office hours (by appointment) from 8.30-10.00 am on Wednesday to support students requiring assistance with group work issues or with general queries. This can be Face to face or via Zoom as appropriate. Email amalia.scannell@ucd.ie with 'FDSC20110 MEETING REQUEST' in the subject to arrange an appointment.

The students will select a Food Science topic to Plan (mindmap) explore (report) and disseminate ( poster) to an expert audience ( group report) and to non-experts ( e-poster). This will make use of Enquiry- based learning to help develop Teamwork skills in a structured way and also help students develop resource curation and synthesis skills. All group work will be subject to peer review across groups, as well as peer and self-assessment within the group matrix. Self-review of submissions will be facilitated through the provision of assessment rubrics, and the reports will be assessed for objective use of the rubric and demonstrated reflective thinking. Self-assessment must be submitted or the component will not be considered to be complete. 
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
Continuous Assessment: MCQ tests ( 1x50%) and a multi-component project 50% Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

MCQ Assessments here are designed to merely assess your knowledge of the material covered in the lectures. The associated feedback (grades) will be given via automated online feedback to individual students after the test is completed. The Group project is marked using a clear set of rubrics which are disseminated to the class before the topics are selected. A detailed set of guidelines are also given to the students. The project has been structured into a set of clear tasks: 1. planning : Build a Team Mindmap - upload to discussion board, followed by peer review and Tutor review online; 2. Resource Curation & Synthesis ( expert) : Group report - submit to Brightspace. Post assessment feedback will take the form of Grades, however students are free to make an appointment to meet the module co-ordinator and discuss issues prior to submission, or post- correction as appropriate; 3. Dissemination (non-expert) post Poster on discussion board for Peer and Tutor online review.

Name Role
Dr Emma Feeney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Ronan Gormley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mirjam Heinen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiona Lalor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Frank Monahan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Eoin Campbell Tutor
Ms Puja Rauniyar Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 24, 25, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 26 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Wed 13:00 - 13:50