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MSc (T) Advanced Food Safety

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Advanced Food Safety

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

AFL-MSC-AF

UCAS Code

JACS Code

D620 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience, acceptable to the School.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Richard Frazier

University of Reading

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits & Progression of Learning Outcomes Research project topics will be introduced in the second semester and some initial work undertaken by students before officially proceeding to the Research project after the end of Semester 2. Students will normally have obtained 120 CATS points in the taught modules before undertaking a Research project. All Research projects will be assessed by internal examiners and moderated by the external examiner. Research project

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme students will be able to:
• Critically apply their knowledge and skills to evaluate current and emerging risks to food safety and relate these to potential threats to human / animal health and global food security
• Identify and critically evaluate the range of risks that may be introduced during food production and manufacture systems and determine their potential impact on food safety and consumer health
• Critically assess the appropriateness and usefulness of the analytical methods currently available to monitor for and detect risks to animal feed and food safety, and their effectiveness in food safety control
• Critically evaluate the principles behind advanced modern analytical methods and assess those techniques most feasible to be adopted for risk management procedure control under different situations and scenarios
• Apply an in-depth understanding of the range and types of food fraud affecting food safety, traceability and authenticity, and an awareness of the regulatory requirements to challenges in the maintenance of food quality/safety
• Develop, plan and undertake a substantial piece of self-directed critical scientific writing within the field of food safety and communicate conclusions made through this work to specialist and non-specialist audiences
• Position themselves to pursue a career in research, industry or other areas of professional scientific employment related to aspects of food safety and food security

Utilise gained knowledge to current and emerging issues in the field of global food safety

Demonstrate an increased awareness of the links between food consumption, food safety and human health

Show an understanding and awareness of various approaches to monitor food safety and protect human health

Utilise practical experience of relevant techniques key to food safety analysis and monitoring

Participate in the design and performance of a scientific research project in an area associated with food safety

To pursue a career in research, industry or other areas of professional scientific employment

Successfully undertake a substantial piece of scientific research within the field of food safety

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply new knowledge to assess and reflect on specific food-related issues and select appropriate strategies to address these issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students will develop the cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation through teaching on a number of key modules

Methods of Assessment

Cognitive skills are assessed throughout programme modules based on completion of continuous assessment assignments and the Research Project

Analyse and critically evaluate data obtained from analytical and experimental investigations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students will develop appropriate skills through practical demonstrations within the modules and research project. Skills in judgement of evidence and synthesis are practised and demonstrated through learning activities and problem-based exercises

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation and analysis skills are emphasised in the problem based and case study coursework and are specifically mentioned in the marking criteria for the Research Project

Make sound scientific judgments and assessments in the absence of complete data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Literature Review and Research Project modules require students to work independently, guided by a supervisor or tutor. Students practise bibliographic search skills through a comparison of different online databases. The underlying skills for research are emphasized in Foundations for Research in Biosciences and Bioentrepreneurship and Advanced Skills.

Methods of Assessment

Completion of Literature Review and Research Project dissertations.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Have developed knowledge of the key current and emerging issues relating to food safety and traceability

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge is principally taught through the specialist modules of Food Safety Health and Disease, Advanced Food Bioanalysis and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud. In-depth knowledge of a specific area is developed through supervised research in the Literature Review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge obtained from the Advanced Food Bioanalysis module is carried out entirely by assessment of written work based on practical report write-ups, whilst knowledge from Food Safety Health and Disease and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud will be assessed via continuous assessment and in written examinations.

Have developed knowledge of the key current and emerging issues relating to food safety and traceability

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Food Safety Health and Disease, Advanced Food Bioanalysis and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud are modules taught through lectures, practicals and seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment and written examination.

Have acquired the skills to make sound scientific judgements based on proper analysis of available data and information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

An understanding of certain elements in the Advanced Food Bioanalysis module can only be developed through practical exercises which will be a key component of this module whereby students will obtain working knowledge of a range of analytical techniques and technologies which can be applied to the monitoring of food safety and integrity.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment and Research Project dissertation.

Be capable of communicating observations and conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning, Literature review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review and Research Project dissertation

Be able to demonstrate personal initiative, independence and use team-oriented skills to tackle and solve problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning, Literature review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review and Research Project dissertation

Have demonstrated the ability for independent learning required for continuing professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning, Literature review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review and Research Project dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Assessment of knowledge obtained from the Advanced Food Bioanalysis module is carried out entirely by assessment of written work based on practical report write-ups, whilst knowledge from Food Safety Health and Disease and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud will be assessed via continuous assessment and in written examinations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge is principally taught through the specialist modules of Food Safety Health and Disease, Advanced Food Bioanalysis and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud. In-depth knowledge of a specific area is developed through supervised research in the Literature Review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge obtained from the Advanced Food Bioanalysis and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud imodules is carried out entirely by assessment of written work based on practical report write-ups, whilst knowledge from Food Safety Health and Disease and will be assessed via continuous assessment and in examinations.

To identify a range of current and emerging methodologies used in modern food safety analysis and research and communicate the principles behind the use of these methods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Food Safety Health and Disease, Advanced Food Bioanalysis and Agri-food Traceability and Fraud are modules taught through lectures and seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, practical reports and written examinations.

To critically assess analytical techniques used for food analysis in terms of their practical application, strengths, weaknesses and appropriateness for use in different situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

An understanding of certain elements in the Advanced Food Bioanalysis module can only be developed through practical exercises which will be a key component of this module whereby students will obtain working knowledge of a range of analytical techniques and technologies which can be applied to the monitoring of food safety and integrity.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, practical reports and written examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Develop their transferable skills to a NQF M-level standard. These skills can be subdivided as:

a) application of numerical skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students develop numerical skills through discussions of the evidence underlying different pieces of scientific research (in lectures and seminars), and through applied practice through completion of a research project.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment tasks and Research Project dissertation.

Develop their transferable skills to a NQF M-level standard. These skills can be subdivided as:

b) continuous assessment tasks and Research Project dissertation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students practise and develop communication skills throughout the course. Skills development is facilitated through feedback. Students prepare work for different audiences. Communication skills include the preparation of slides for scientific presentations

Methods of Assessment

Feedback and assessment on performance in continuous assessment group tasks is given by teaching staff.

c) Information technology skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning is generally supported through IT-based resources. Students therefore develop skills in internet searching for literature and other web-based material. Email is used to communicate with the students and use of this resource is covered (along with online databases and use of library catalogues) in Foundations for Research in the Biosciences. Students produce coursework assessments using different packages (word-processing, graphics).

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is carried out in formative and summative contexts.

d) Improved own learning and performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning through feedback given formally and informally. Research projects and literature reviews are chosen following discussion and reflection on personal goals and motivation for different types of research. Personal goals and effectiveness are discussed as part of the teaching in Foundations for Research in the Biosciences and students are expected to assess their own performance using evidence from course work and interactions with peers and teaching staff.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review and Research Project dissertation.

e) Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem solving is practised in course work assignments and in the research project. Intellectual and practical flexibility, along with creativity, are necessary for much scientific research. Addressing food safety issues within the Advanced Food Bioanalysis module will involve a problem-based approach (e.g. how can useful data be collected, how can resource use issues be reconciled, what analytical methods should be utilised in various situations?). Students are directed to generic sources of assistance and guidance within the University.

Methods of Assessment

methods should be utilised in various situations?). Students are directed to generic sources of assistance and guidance within the University.

f) Working with others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Working in different modes, on individual research and in collaborative groups is discussed with students at various points in the programme. Different elements of course work within various modules contain aspects of group-based activities.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback and assessment on performance in group tasks is given by teaching staff.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Literature Review

BBC8025

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Foundations for Research in the Biosciences

BBC8042

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Food Safety, Health and Disease

ALU8001

7

20

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Advanced Food Bioanalysis

ALU8002

7

20

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Agri-Food Traceability and Fraud

ALU8003

7

20

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills

BBC8047

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Project: Molecular Pathways

BBC8003

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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