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D24FP5 The Global Food Industry
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  15/16

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students studying MSc Food Production Management  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module covers a series of business and legal topics that are directly relevant to those working in the global food industry and in particular those trading ingredients and finished products on a management level. Each topic is introduced through the delivery of traditional lectures, podcasts, videoed lectures or directed reading of the subject matter. Topics covered may include: Global food economics, lean management techniques, supply chain in food practice, regulation and legislation in food, international aspects; import and export food, business planning, innovation management in the food industry, food safety risk analysis, food marketing strategies, business finance and support

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours

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

Further Activity Details:
Lectures 2 hours per week; Additional module activities may include case studies, workshops and business/ exhibition visits.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 Two Hours.
Part A: Short answer questions 5 out of 7 (50%). Part B: Long answer question. 1 out of 2 (50%). 

Dr J Jia

Education Aims:  This module aims to: increase theoretical knowledge of business skills required in the global food or associated industries; consolidate learning from other areas of the course by putting them into a business framework.

Learning Outcomes:  

On successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:

Illustrate a range of considerations in relation to the global food industry;

Apply approaches to integrating material across a range of subjects;

Demonstrate a skill set of terminology and practical knowledge that will be essential for a future career in Global food industry related-disciplines;

Be aware of the importance of financial and efficiencies within business transactions and to have the ability to summarise these issues and make recommendations;

Efficiently search information pertinent to the task in hand and to use their conceptual understanding of the area to identify the key factors within a limiting time.

Offering School:  Biosciences

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