FDSC30070 Product Development

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module consists of a small number of lectures and/or workshops relevant to product development combined with a major portfolio-based product development project. The students will work in small teams to develop their product under the guidance of an academic mentor. During the trimester the team will be required to complete a series of paper -based tasks that will combine into a group portfolio report, describing the product produced, outlining the Product Development Process used, and comparing small scale versus industrial scale production processes. The module will conclude with a "product launch" at which each member of the team will have to make a brief presentation on some aspect of their product concept . In this module students are expected to take primary responsibility for their own learning and the achievement of their project objectives; the role of the academic mentor is to facilitate these processes. To do well in this module and achieve the desired learning outcomes, students will need to synthesise from their prior and current learning on their core stage 2 and 3 modules, particularly those modules that have been designated as pre or co-requisites.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: work effectively as a member of a product development team; source information from reliable sources using library and web resources; conceptualize and formulate a new food product; determine processing and packaging requirements for the product; prepare product specifications and labeling for the product; contribute to the writing of a technical report; make an effective presentation.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will contribute to the development of your understanding of the following areas that are considered core to your development as a professional in Food Science.
Food chemistry and analysis: Structure and properties of food components; Chemistry of changes occurring during processing, storage and utilization of foods; Principles, methods, and techniques of qualitative and quantitative physical and chemical, analyses of food and food ingredients.
Food processing and engineering: Characteristics of raw food material; Principles of food preservation; Principles of food engineering; Principles of food processing techniques; Food Packaging.
Success skills: Oral and written communication skills; Critical thinking/problem solving skills; Professionalism skills; Life-long learning skills; Interaction/teamwork skills; Information acquisition skills (i.e., written and electronic searches, databases, Internet, etc.); Time management and project management skills.
Applied food science: Integration and application of food science principles to real product situations; Computer skills; Quality assurance; Sensory analysis of foods; Food laws and regulations.
Food safety and microbiology: Influence of the food system on the growth and survival of microorganisms; Control of microorganisms in foods.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The overall approach to teaching and learning is outlined above , students must take responsibility for their own learning and delivery of the module outcome - i.e. development of a satisfactory food product concept. To facilitate this each group will be assigned an academic supervisor with whom they will meet, weekly - face-to face or on-line, as appropriate - to discuss progress and agree objectives for the week ahead. At the beginning of the trimester all students will be provided with a comprehensive course document which clearly outlines the aims and objectives of the module and provides a timeline with milestones for the expected level of progression throughout the trimester. Weekly class sessions afford each student with the opportunity to report on their groups progress allowing feedback on presentation skills and level of progress. Sizeable portions of time have been assigned to allow for organisation of workshops and for independent group work on the development of their product concepts. To facilitate smooth running of these practical elements of the module each group may be additionally assigned a demonstrator to liaise with technical staff. The students will be required to present the product concept they have developed to an audience of peers, staff and invited industry participants at a "Product Launch", this scenario mimics the pitching of a product to higher management as would occur in a real world industrial setting. Finally each group must prepare a report which will develop their organisational and scientific writing skills 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This course is largely self-directed and will require students to be motivated, self-starting and organised.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC20030 - Basic Food Analysis, FDSC20040 - Sensory Analysis

ENVB30110 - Food Microbiology, FDSC30040 - Food Chemistry I

FDSC30190 - Product Development

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Product Quality as assessed by Audience at the "Product Launch" event (50% of component) and by the group's supervisor (remaining 50%). Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Personal contribution to the overall group effort and overall level of engagement in the module as assessed by the group supervisor in consultation with support staff and peer assessment. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Final written report on the project compiled by the group and assessed by group supervisor and one other member of academic staff. The same overall mark will be assigned to each group member. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Presentation: Product launch: individual mark for the quality of student's presentation at the product launch as assessed by academic staff and industry invitees present at the launch event. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Groups will meet weekly with their assigned academic supervisor and demonstrators to agree a plan of action for the coming weeks activities at the subsequent meeting the last weeks activities will be reviewed. In addition weekly updates on progress will be presented by each member of each group, in turn, over the semester, feedback on presentation skills and the level of progress of the group will be given by the module coordinator and peers present at the sessions. These weekly sessions provide useful formative practice/feedback opportunities to students to help develop their presentation skills as they will need to present for credit at the final product launch. Additionally these sessions allow the module coordinator and students to keep track of the level of progress across all the groups. The level of progress by each group, relative to the milestones provided in the initial course documents, serves as a valuable form of feedback.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Nigel Patrick Brunton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Enda Cummins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Peter Dunne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emma Feeney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Marco Garcia-Vaquero Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Ronan Gormley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Niamh Harbourne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Daniel Hurley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jean-Christophe Jacquier Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor James Lyng Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Frank Monahan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Amalia Scannell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Laura Gunning Tutor
Ms Michelle Kearns Tutor
Ms Lauren McGuinness Tutor
Mr Steven Mulrooney Tutor
Ms Roisin O'Sullivan Tutor
Ms Emma Regan Tutor
Liwen Zheng Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 14:00 - 14:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Fri 14:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 15:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 14:00 - 15:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 7 Wed 14:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Wed 14:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Wed 14:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 16:00 - 17:50