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PgDip Advanced Food Safety

Academic Year 2019/20

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

PgDip Advanced Food Safety

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

AFL-PD-AF

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

101018

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

120

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 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

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

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

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
• 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

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Apply new knowledge to critically 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 critical 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.

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 key modules and. 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 emphasized in problem based and case study coursework.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Literature review module requires students to work independently, guided by a supervisor or tutor. Students practise bibliographic search skills through a comparison of different online databases.

Methods of Assessment

Completion of case studies.

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).

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment tasks.

b) Continuous assessment tasks.

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 the Foundations for Research in the Biosciences. Students produce coursework assessments using different packages (word-processing, graphics, statistical).

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. Literature reviews topics 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.

e) Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem solving is practised in course work assignments. Intellectual and practical flexibility, along with creativity, are necessary for much scientific research. Students are directed to generic sources of assistance and guidance within the University.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

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.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate and critically apply subject specific knowledge surrounding current issues relating to food safety and traceability, it’s monitoring and enforcement

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge is principally obtained through taught specialist modules. In-depth knowledge of a specific area is developed through the supervised dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed via continuous assessment including MCQ’s.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, videos, seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, practical method reports

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, videos, seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, including case studies.

Evaluate the potential risks (safety and economic) related to incidents of compromised food integrity and authenticity and identify best practice to avoid such events

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, videos, seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, including case studies.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Make sound scientific judgements based on proper analysis of available data and information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through demonstration, 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. Case studies will enable students to learn discrimination techniques

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

Communicate 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.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

Demonstrate the ability for independent learning required for continuing professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Foundations for Research in the Biosciences

BBC8042

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Food Safety, Health and Disease

ALU8001

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Food Bioanalysis

ALU8002

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Agri-Food Traceability and Fraud

ALU8003

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills

BBC8047

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Literature Review: Advanced Food Safety

BIO8303

7

20

YES

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes