Packaging and Sustainability for the Food and Drink Industry | Abertay University

Packaging and Sustainability for the Food and Drink Industry


"This module will explore different aspects of packaging and sustainability at different points along the food chain, including importance of packaging on food quality and safety; eco- efficiency and sustainability; production of packaging materials; packaging design and consumer's attitudes towards food packaging and food waste."


"The aim of this module is to provide the student with a broad and integrated approach of different aspects of food packaging and sustainability along the entire food chain."

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically appraise the science and research underpinning food packaging and sustainability development within the industry.

2.  Design and evaluate an “ideal” food packaging solution considering the food product itself (composition, quality and safety) and sustainability.

3.  Critically evaluate current sustainability issues related to food packaging.

4.  Discuss consumer’s attitudes and behaviours towards food waste and food packaging.

Indicative Content

1 Overview of packaging industry

Food packaging materials and sustainability.

2 Conventional and innovative food packaging technologies

Types and functions of conventional food packaging. Intelligent and active packaging.

3 Life cycle assessments (LCAs) of packaging

End life cycle /life cycle assessment of packaging. Waste and handling waste.

4 Packaging design and marketing

5 Consumers and food packaging

Consumer's attitudes and behaviour towards food waste and food packaging.

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Legal aspects of Food Packaging

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

"Interactive lectures will be used to build up scientific knowledge underpinning different aspects of food packaging and sustainability. Tutorials are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own teaching and learning needs and simultaneously to provide guidance for their assessment (research-essay) through group activities. Students will be able to develop their team working skills through collaborative discussion and problem solving during the tutorials/seminars. These teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student’s skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes."

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 40
Assessment 40
Independent 102

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.