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D24PAC Packaging of Beer
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered for MSc in Brewing Science  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Qualification for entry on to MSc in Brewing Science

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module covers the essential elements of packaging beers and other related alcoholic beverages. The module includes theoretical and legal aspects of packaging together with consideration of the design and operation of modern high speed packaging lines. Specific units are: Design and operation of bright beer tanks; maintain bright beer specifications including carbonation, clarity, flavour and microbiological status. Assuring the microbiological stability of packaged beer using aseptic filtration, flash pasteurization and tunnel pasteurization. Achieving specifications of packaged beers including legal aspects of packaging and labeling. Packaging beers into large-pack containers including cask and keg. Packaging beers in small-pack containers including glass, PET and can Secondary and tertiary packaging used for beers and related alcoholic beverages The design and operation of modern high-speed packaging lines suitable for beers and other related alcoholic beverages. A consideration of the measurement of packaging line efficiency and the impact of production planning will be included. Warehouse design and operation and primary and secondary distribution systems used in brewing Beer dispense and cellar management

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Tutorial 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 75 1.5 h written exam 
Coursework 1 25 Essay assignment (2000 word) 

Professor C Boulton
Mr Z Barnes

Education Aims:  Packaging of beers which meet a set of pre-determined specifications is an essential pre-requisite for ensuring that all products meets their intended quality parameters throughout the whole of their intended shelf-lives. Packaged beers must be safe for human consumption and; in addition, must adhere to legal requirements regarding quantity, alcoholic concentration and labeling. This module aims both to cover the more fundamental aspects of packaging technology and to inform the teaching of the module with up to date principles and practice driven by cutting edge research and publications in this area. Students should develop an understanding of the key concepts involved, and of how they can be applied to ensure maintenance of quality, high efficiency and compliance with relevant legislation.

Learning Outcomes:  A Knowledge and understanding A2: A range of key, specialist information primarily focussed on packaging of beer to meet desired specifications. A3: The ways in which industry is utilising fundamental and applied research findings in the field of packaging and allied technologies. A4: A range of research topics connected to packaging of beers and related alcoholic beverages A5: A range of relevant practical techniques and methodologies which are used to ensure compliance to quality and legislative specifications. A2, A3 & A4 will be learnt through lecture materials, e-assignments and directed reading. A5 will be developed similarly, but with added emphasis on the practical laboratory sessions. B Intellectual skills B1: Critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the fields of packaging science and technology of relevance to Brewing Science. B2: Acquire substantial quantities of information systematically and process it selectively and effectively. B1 Will be developed through undertaking the practical laboratory sessions, and completing Coursework 1, which will involve writing up the results to the practical session in the format of a scientific paper. B2 will be practiced as part of practical sessions and practiced and assessed through Coursework 1. C Professional practical skills C2: Search for and retrieve information from a wide range of sources including electronic and print systems. C3: Present scientific data in a range of formats (written work assignments, laboratory books) to a standard consistent with the expectations of the professional scientific community. C4: Work safely in laboratory environment and respond appropriately to relevant safety issues especially issues of handling (and containment) for biological material. C2 will be developed throughout the module by drawing on the full range of e-materials, whilst C3 & C4 are will be learnt and practiced during the laboratory practical sessions and C3 appraised as a part of Coursework 1. D Transferable (key) skills D1: Communicate effectively in written, verbal and visual forms. D3: Use general IT tools, Internet and other learning resources to generate concise scientific overviews and to advance their own knowledge base. D3 is practiced throughout the self learning component of the module and in completing Coursework 1. D1 is practiced throughout the module, although only written forms of communication will be appraised in this instance (Coursework 1/ Exam 1).

Offering School:  Biosciences

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