Module Catalogues

Food Supply Chain and Safety

Module Title Food Supply Chain and Safety
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2022/23
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding how food is grown, processed, manufactured, distributed and sold to consumers. The module covers an extensive range of subjects, including food safety, animal protein supply chain management, commodity crop supply chain management, fruit and vegetable supply chain management, food manufacturing and logistics. The module enables student to: (i) understand the role of food safety in food supply chains, (ii) understand the food supply chains from social, economic and environmental perspective, and (iii) gain an introductory understanding of the principles of food supply chain management. In that this is an optional module, to well utilise the university resource, the module delivery is subject to meeting a minimum number of students (10).

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate understanding of animal protein supply chains through case study
B. Demonstrate understanding of commodity crop supply chains through case study
C. Demonstrate understanding of fruit and vegetable supply chains through case study.
D. Demonstrate understanding of the practical implications and application of food manufacturing and logistics

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments. A combination of formal lectures and seminars will be leveraged to enable the appreciation of theoretical aspects of food supply chain management and the ability to use the relevant numerical tools and analysis methods. In that this is an optional module, to well utilise the university resource, the module delivery is subject to meeting a minimum number of students (10).