FDSC30030 Food Analysis II

Academic Year 2021/2022

The main part of this module will deal with the theoretical background and the applications in modern food analysis of separation techniques such as thin-layer chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and electrophoresis.

This module is a 7 week module and will be assessed at the end of this period (March break).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate how the demands of modern food analysis require a diversity of methodologies which must be often used in combination to achieve the desired result. Explain the basic principles underlying the measurement of different classes of food compounds when using specific methodologies and their associated instrumentation. Conduct selected literature research to demonstrate important aspects of qualitative and quantitative analysis, typically on a topical aspect of food safety or micronutrient analysis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
While lectures still form the main part of the face to face teaching, extensive notes on the various separation techniques will be available through Brightspace for the students to familiarise themselves with key concepts ahead of lectures, so that most lecture time will be devoted to explaining some difficult issues, at the behest of students.

Group tutorials will be held weekly to reinforce learning and will be concerned with topical aspects of chemical Food Safety (typically taken from the FSAI rapid alert system) such as food fraud, chemical residues, food toxicity or food authentication. Each group will have to search scientific and technical literature to produce a small poster on one specific subject to present to the class by the end of term.

A discussion board will be open on Brightspace with topics aligned with lectures so as to allow students to interact more freely and out of the classroom 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

FDSC20010 / FDSC 20020 or equivalient

Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC30020 - Food Analysis I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Short MCQs Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of semester (March) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Attendance: Attendance to live Zoom classes and active participation on Brightspace including meaningful interaction with the discussion board Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Professor Frank Monahan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Laura Gunning Tutor
Dr Kostas Papoutsis Tutor
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) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Fri 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Mon 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Mon 14:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Wed 11:00 - 12:50