Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours. (20 x 1 hour lectures)
Practical 0 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of failed coursework or alternative.  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the central role of food in governing human health.
  • Explain the factors that influence the production, quality and distribution of food.


This module is dedicated to the topic of food, since food has the greatest impact not only upon human health, but also upon the use of human resources and impact on the environment. It aims to show on the one hand how human ingenuity has increased food production, and on the other how food quality and supply may be compromised.

Brief description

Food production, quality and distribution, and how these relate to human health.


Origin and evolution of food animals and plants.
Animal care and welfare, intensive breeding, breeding strategies, plant breeding.
Modern and alternative approaches to food production, molecular methods of crop improvement, GMOs and risk assessment, organic farming.
Development, productivity and sustainability of crop production, strategies of pest control.
Food quality, microbiology, probiotics, allergy, adulteration, contamination, labelling, authentication and food standards, food processing and additives.
Nutrition, nutritional values, malnutrition, obesity, eating disorders, food distribution, fair trade and meeting the global needs for food.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Chrispeels, M.J. & sadava, D.E. (2003) Plants, genes, and crop biotechnology Jones and Bartlett Primo search Glick, R & Pasternak, J.J. (1998) Molecular biotechnology ASM Press Primo search Houdebine, L-M. (2003) Animal transgenisis and cloning Wiley Primo search Slater, A & Fowler, M. (2003) Plant biotechnology Oxford Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5