FDSC40890 Animal Foods

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will provide the students with the broad knowledge and fundamentals that would prepare them for building a meat and dairy concepts skillset for a career in the food sector. It has been divided into two sections: meat and dairy, which cover the introductory chemistry, processing, production, safety and storage of the two categories of meat product as raw materials.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, the students should be able have a broad knowledge of major animal products- with a focus on meat and dairy products- along with the basic biology, chemistry, economics and current trends as well as future challenges. A major outcome would be the ability to analyse information pertaining to these topics and communicating their ideas and conclusions effectively using widely accepted terminology.

Indicative Module Content:

Section 1: Meat
Meat properties including colour, tenderness, water holding, flavour; animal production factors; quality and sustainability; traceability and authenticity of meat products.
Section 2: Milk
This part of the course will cover milk proteins, milk lipids, lactose and other milk constituents; stability of milk and other milk products; cheese, fermented milks, butter and milk powers.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will mainly be delivered by online lectures, however there will be aspects of active and reflecting learning, critical and problem based thinking, and analytical report writing. 
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
Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): A MCQ to assess learning outcomes from the first 5 lectures Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: A final critical report for assessing the overall learning outcomes from the module Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): A MCQ to assess learning outcomes from lectures 6-10 Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Online automated feedback

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Name Role
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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