Physical chemistry of food dispersions, colloid and surface chemistry, food component interactions, food functionality, release of flavour and bioactive compounds, digestion and structure, enzymatic reactions that create structure and flavour.
Food chemistry aims to understand the behaviour of the chemical constituents of food and the factors that influence food functionality and quality. The chemistry of food is an important and complex subject area due to the large number of chemical compounds and the possible reactions that can take place during food production and processing. With this knowledge, food technologists can design food products that are safe to eat, nutritionally beneficial, have acceptable sensory attributes and that will maintain these attributes during storage.
|Paper title||Food Chemistry, Structure and Function|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- FOSC 201 and CHEM 191 and (FOSC 202 or FOSC 213)
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Graham Eyres
Lecturers: Dr Graham Eyres, Dr Aladin Bekhit, Assoc Prof John Birch and Prof Indrawati Oey
Laboratory activities: Michelle Leus and Michelle Petrie
- Paper Structure
- Topics covered in the paper include:
- Physical and chemical properties of food constituents
- Introduction to physical chemistry
- Principles of chromatography
- Rheology and texture
- Hydrocolloids and emulsions
- Food enzymology
- Food structure and functionality
- Teaching Arrangements
- FOSC 301 will run as a second semester paper. Content will be taught through 25 lectures
(31 hours), a tutorial (2 hours) and 3 laboratory activities (2 hours each).
- Mid-term exam 10%
- Lab reports 15%
- Assignment (topic subject to change) 15%
- Final exam 60%
- Text books are not required for this paper, but it is recommended that students refer
Food Chemistry (4th Edition) by Damodaran, Parkin, and Fennema, available on reserve in the Science Library.
Other texts or literature references on specific topics will be provided in lectures, available online, in the Food Science Library or the University Science Library.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- To demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of food components
- To gain an appreciation of the complexity of chemical and physical reactions that can take place in food products, the effect of processing conditions and the impact on food quality
- To be able to survey the scientific literature to find, interpret and communicate specific information