PHPS40610 Risk Analysis in Food Safety

Academic Year 2022/2023

Risk analysis is integral to Food Safety. It is composed of three elements; Risk Assessment; Risk Management & Risk Communication. This module will largely focus on risk assessment associated with biological hazards and will include some focus on chemical hazards also. It will present a structured and detailed description of both defined and emerging risks to public health associated with the modern food chain. Examples of important food-associated biological, chemical and other hazards will be provided. Modern scientific approaches to detect and trace food-borne zoonotic agents will be highlighted.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Relate the contribution of food-borne microorganisms and other hazards to the emergence of disease; Understand the application of modern diagnostic methods for rapid detection & surveillance along the food chain; Have an overview of emerging infectious diseases and their impact on public health; Review the current methods of epidemiological analysis and how it relates to risk assessment.

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Autonomous Student Learning




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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: Mid-term exam. Student is provided with a range of questions or statements with a number of possible answers, where one of the answers is correct response and the other answers are distractors. Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: terminal examination paper covering the lecture course 1 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
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Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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Name Role
Wayne Anderson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Guerrino Macori Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lisa O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Alan Reilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Paul Whyte Lecturer / Co-Lecturer