Food Technology Modules

Year 1

Chemistry for Food Technology


Introduction to the fundamental topics and concepts of chemistry. Structure of matter, periodicity and the periodic table, chemical bonding, states of matter, stoichiometry and equilibrium, reaction types, kinetics, fundamental organic chemistry (alkanes and isomerism).

Mass and Energy Balance


This module prepares learners to formulate and solve mass and energy balances on chemical process systems, and lays the foundation for subsequent courses in thermodynamics, unit operations, as well as process monitoring, automation, and control. In essence, this course introduces an engineering approach to problem solving by the following steps: (i) breaking a process down to its components, (ii) establishing the relations between known and unknown process variables, (iii) assembling the information needed to solve for the unknowns, and finally (iv) obtaining the solution using appropriate computational methods.This module utilizes lectures, in-lecture activities, and tutorials to help students achieve the course objectives. Students’ progress is assessed through a combination of 2 individual and 2 group assignments, 1 mid-term quiz and a final exam. Group work contributes to 20% of the total grade.

Food Technology 1 and 2: Global and Creative Solutions


Food Technology is the application of science and technology and mathematical principles, integrated with business and management, to develop and provide products and processes for industry and the community. In this paper, you will help solve problems faced by many people in need and to develop your creative skills. Concepts of systematic problem solving, communication and self-assessment form an integral part of this project focused paper.

Engineering Mathematics 1


This is an introductory engineering math course. The content of this module will cover complex numbers, vectors and matrices, solving systems of equations, derivatives, integration and Taylor series.



This module provides students with an understanding of the biochemistry of food and energy metabolism with a focus on the composition, structure, and functions of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. These foundational concepts will be integrated with their roles in the bioenergetic principles of metabolic pathways such as glycolysis, oxidative energy metabolism, and the regulatory mechanisms. This module allows students to relate the biomolecular pathways to systemic physiology of the human body.


Engineering Fundamentals (Mechanics and Electricity)


Food technologists are involved in applying technical knowledge essential to the cost-effective and efficient production and commercialization of food products and services. A broad-based but sound understanding of physical principles and concepts involved in engineering and technology is important in the food industry in which solutions are developed by applying the underlying physical principles. This module covers a range of physics topics selected to provide a sufficiently broad-based, yet relevant physics foundation for students in the Food Technology Programme.

Food Technology 3: Product Development


Rapid developments in science and technology, steady increase in living standards and income coupled with changes in market and consumer needs have created demands for more technical innovation in all the products we use. This results in greater opportunities for product development and of course, competition in the marketplace. Product development is a complex activity requiring a wide variety of inputs including skills and knowledge both internal and external to the company.This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of marketing, the process and management of product development and the techniques and level of knowledge required. All of the issues discussed in the context of product development are relevant and common to the professional development students across a wide range of disciplines.

Programming for Engineering


This module is designed to help students apply programming and computational thinking in problem solving and data analysis through the use of a programming language. Students’ progress is assessed through a combination of individual assignments, mid-term quiz, and a group project. At the end of this course, students will have the confidence to write useful computer programs for solving problems and for data analysis.

Industrial Microbiology


An industry focused course in microbiology with particular reference to the importance of microorganisms and their application in selected industries. This programme of study examines the growth and control of industrially important microorganisms, the role of microbes in the production of food products, their application in both waste treatment and in industrial fermentation, and the roles of microbes in the health sector. A laboratory course.

Year 2

Chemical Energetics


This module introduces the laws of thermodynamics which govern the equilibrium yield of any chemical reaction, and considers the factors that influence the rates of chemical reactions. Specific examples of industrial and biochemical processes, including surface processes, will be considered.