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D24SS1 Sensory evaluation and sensory techniques
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  PG Certificate in Sensory Science students and stand alone CPD industry delegates. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: Second class degree (at least a 2:2) OR relevant industrial experience.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  A review of the senses and an introduction to sensory evaluation techniques used in the industry together with basic statistical tests used to analyse sensory data. Both discrimination and descriptive tests are covered together with insights into approaches for panel recruitment training and performance.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 21 weeks2 per week5 hours 30 mins
Practical 21 weeks2 per week4 hours 30 mins
Workshop 21 weeks2 per week6 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:
Student centered reading material: 15 hours, 4 day intensive course: 32 hours. This module will be taught mainly by Campden BRi staff (95%) with 5% input from UoN. Revision and coursework: 28 hours.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40 Analysis of a Sensory Case Study (1500 words) 
Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 60 1 hour exam (in class) 

Dr R Ford

Education Aims:  To introduce the theory and practice of sensory testing

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Describe common sensory evaluation techniques and associated theory Summarise techniques to recruit, train and monitor sensory panels Collect, analyse and interpret basic sensory data Communicate knowledge of sensory evaluation clearly and concisely in written form

Offering School:  Biosciences

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