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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Food Chemistry, Structure and Function
    Subject Food Science
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    FOSC 201 and (CHEM 111 or CHEM 191) and (FOSC 202 or FOSC 213)
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Assoc Prof Graham Eyres
    Lecturers: Assoc Prof Graham Eyres
    Prof Aladin Bekhit
    Dr. Dominic Agyei
    Prof Indrawati Oey
    Laboratory activities: Michelle Leus

    Paper Structure

    FOSC 301 (18 points) will be taught through 24 lectures (24 hours) and three laboratory activities (3 x 3 hours). The final examination is three hours in duration and is worth 60% of the final mark with internal assessment accounting for 40%, evaluated through laboratory reports and a mid-term exam (see Assessment schedule, below).


    • Mid-term exam 10%
    • Lab Reports 20%
    • Group presentation 10%
    • Final Exam 60%
    Teaching Arrangements

    Teaching Arrangements:

    FOSC 301 will run in the second semester. Two one-hour Lectures will be held per week. Students should allocate 12 hours per week to this course over the semester. This time includes lectures, laboratories, completion of reports and independent study.


    None compulsory; but it is recommended that students refer to:

    • Principles of Food Chemistry (4th Edition). DeMan, J.M., Finley, J.W., Hurst, W.J. and Lee, C.Y. (2018). Available online here.
    • Food Analysis (5th edition). Nielsen, S.S. (2017). Available online here
    • Fennema’s Food Chemistry (5th Edition). Damodaran, S. and Parkin, K.L. (2017). Available on reserve in the Science Library (TX541 .F65 2017).
    • Food Processing Technology (4th Edition). Fellows, P.J. (2009). Available online here.

    Other texts or literature references on specific topics will be provided in lectures, available either on-line or in the University Science Library.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of food components
    • 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
    • Be able to survey the scientific literature to find, interpret and communicate specific information


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 31, 33, 35, 37
    A2 Friday 14:00-16:50 32, 34, 37-38
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