Module Overview

Shelf-Life Management and Packaging

This module presents the conceptual framework for food shelf-life assessment and prediction by quantifying the inherent product deterioration characteristics and coupling those with the properties of the packaging/distribution system.

Module Code

TFCH 3025

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

1- Shelf-life from a legislative perspective

2- Overview of causes of food deterioration

3- Classifications of food deterioration mechanisms

4- Intrinsic and extrinsic properties of food

5- Reaction rates and accelerated shelf-life testing

6- Challenge testing

7- Microbial shelf-life

8- Shelf-life evaluation for a range of food products

9- Food packaging new innovations and influence on food shelf-life

  • Whiteboard and power point
  • Problem- based group work activities
  • Virtual learning environment supported by webcourses, including discussion boards.
  • Multimedia sources including YouTube and Podcasts.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50