Engineering Properties of Food and Food Systems

This course introduces methods to measure, predict and calculate the thermo-physical engineering properties of complex food systems including heat transfer, mass transfer, thermodynamic and Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid properties. Refrigeration, fluid flow, and mass transfer based unit operations from the food industries are examined and used to demonstrate the application of these principles and properties. A practical course.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.


Course planning information

Course notes

Students must attend all the lab sessions and submit all lab reports. Students must score a minimum aggregate of 50% in labs and assignments. Students must score a minimum of 40% in the final exam in order to pass the course.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
At least 15 credits at 100 level in each subject of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Solve heat and mass transfer and fluid flow problems using the fundamental principles of fluid flow, thermodynamics, mass conservation and transfer in unit operations.
  • 2 Select and apply appropriate methods to characterise fluid rheology.
  • 3 Determine thermo/physical properties, heat and mass transfer coefficients, and psychometric data from appropriate sources including tabulated and graphical resources, and prediction/estimation equations.
  • 4 Apply dimensional analysis to show relationships between heat and mass transfer coefficients and processing conditions.
  • 5 Apply engineering principles to the collection, validation, analysis and interpretation of real pilot-plant scale experimental data.
  • 6 Evaluate and make recommendations about engineering applications on the basis of technical analysis.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 5 6 30%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 20%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

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