Module Information

Module Identifier
BDM1320
Module Title
Future of Packaging
Academic Year
2020/2021
Co-ordinator
Semester
Distance Learning
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Interactive Task  (1,200 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Case study  (2,500 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Literature Review  (2,500 words)  35%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explain the current and future challenges facing food packaging.

2. Evaluate the merits and limitations of current packaging options for food products, and their uses.

3. Evaluate the options for improving the sustainability of packaging.

4. Assess the role of packaging in future food supply systems.

Brief description

Over recent years awareness of the environmental impacts of food packaging production and waste has grown. This module will take an in-depth look at the uses of, and requirements for, packaging materials in modern food supply systems. It will then explore packaging related environmental impacts (including greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste) before considering governance models for packaging waste management and the latest circular economy solutions to reduce environmental impacts. Finally, drawing on cutting edge research in the sector, the module will focus on new uses for, and types of, packaging in the context of changes in food supply systems and customer shopping habits.

Content

The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:

Introduction to packaging

Packaging for product quality and security

Packaging for marketing

Packaging and greenhouse gas emissions

Packaging and environmental impact

Packaging and its economic cost

Governing packaging sustainability

Circular economy solutions for sustainable packaging

Packaging in the future

Case studies

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numeracy will be demonstrated in various assessments through the understanding of trends and information either given for analysis in the assignment or through the critical evaluation and comparison of the results in published research.
Communication Students will be expected to communicate complex research outputs to their peers in the interactive tasks and also through other assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work. This will be assessed through the feedback providing general guidance towards the student’s next assignment.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard for all aspects of the module.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will provide the students with the latest research into packaging to help them to develop their business or provide the most up-to-date information/advice to their colleagues/clients in Industry.
Problem solving Interactive tasks will be used to help develop and improve students’ problem solving skills, through use of questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve. In addition the case study will require students to address a specific problem.
Research skills Students will be required to undergo directed self-study, so will develop their literature research skills.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to packaging will be developed and assessed throughout the module.
Team work Online assessments will require students to debate among themselves to develop a consensus of opinion.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7