Module details for Current Topics in Food


This module develops the awareness of the students on the contemporary national and global issues around food, consumer science and nutrition, and strategies taken to address these challenges


This module aims to broaden the students’ horizons not only on the contemporary issues within their disciplinary areas but also on a wider national and global interests related to food, consumer science and nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Appraise the contemporary national and global issues around food, consumer science and nutrition

2.  Appraise different strategies taken to address the current challenges within these areas

Indicative Content

1 Lectorials of contemporary local and global issues

Lectorials of contemporary local and global issues on food, consumer science and nutrition which include, but not limited to: Ageing population, obesity and related health problems, advanced studies in nutrition and health, food security and sustainability, consumer science, impacts of food production on environment, current trends in food industry, cutting-edge and novel technology in food processing, food waste and lean manufacturing.

2 Feedback/feedforward activities

Feedback/feedforward activities after each lectorial in order to strengthen the students’ understanding on the selected research topics

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 100
Independent 76
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.