FDSC40510 Food Chemistry

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students taking the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health.

This module focuses on food proteins, carbohydrates and lipids with emphasis on relationships between their structure and functional properties in their modified and unmodified states. The module emphasises how processing, storage, cooking, enzymatic treatment and use of additives alters the molecular interactions and functionality of these food components. The role of water in foods and its influence on food stability is examined.

Students are not required to attend lectures at the UCD campus as part of the course. Students are expected to spend a total 125 hours workload during the trimester consisting of:
• Lectures during the trimester: 26 hours
• Discussion threads/synchronous chats/MCQs/Assignments: 24 hours
• Autonomous learning: 75 hours

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module student will be able to
• Compare and contrast the structure and functions of specific food protein systems and explain the intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the functions of these proteins.
• Differentiate lipids on the basis of their fatty acid profile and discuss their physical properties and chemical deterioration
• Describe the functions and food applications of selected monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides.
• Explain the state of water in foods and examine its influence on food stability.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered through Brightspace and will consist of:
• Online lectures
• Online assessed multiple choice quizzes
• Virtual classroom environments
• Synchronous chat
• Asynchronous discussion threads
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC40500 - Chemistry of Nutrients(O/L)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: End of semester assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Multiple choice questions Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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Name Role
Ms Michelle Kearns Tutor
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Ms Roisin O'Sullivan Tutor
Liwen Zheng Tutor