cod. 1008403

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Scienze e tecnologie alimentari (AGR/15)
Discipline delle tecnologie alimentari
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: Food Technology and Microbiology

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge on the main traditional and novel technologies used in the food industry for the elimination or reduction of microbiological, chemical and physical hazards.
At the end of the course, the student must be able to set up and control a food process with particular reference to product safety, according to international and European guidelines.
Thanks to the information provided, the student will be able to critically evaluate the approaches to be adopted to ensure food safety, extending the concepts to other food processes and other product categories, regardless of the specific case studies covered during the course.
The student will learn the specific vocabulary related to food equipments and processing, as well as on food safety.
Student will be able to deepen his knowledge in the field of food processing by independently examining specialized texts, international journals or magazines.


There are no compulsory prerequisites, but students are advised to attend the courses of Food Microbiology (Mod. II) and Biological hazards in food.

Course unit content

The first part of the course deals with the main industrial food processes aimed to the removal or reduction of biological, chemical and physical hazards.
The second part of the course will provide examples of food industry processes, functional to the prevention and elimination/reduction of the hazards, in different product categories.

Full programme

Food safety and hygienic requirements. Contamination, spoilage and food quality. Sanitation of raw materials.
Microbial stability. Heat treatments for microbial inactivation. Retorting. Hot filling and aseptic processing. Drying and freeze-drying. Cooling and freezing. Non thermal processing and novel technologies. Case studies of food processes on different product categories.


• P. J. Fellows “Food Processing Technology: Principles and Practice”
• R. L. Earle “Unit Operations in Food Processing”
• J.G. Brennan “Food Processing Handbook”
•Didactic material used during classes

Teaching methods

Classes will be organized face-to-face with the possibility to follow the lessons also remotely, according to the rules dictated by the University. Teaching will be carried out through lectures in the classroom with the help of slides that will represent teaching material. The recommended texts are in support and integration of the slides. The slides will be available online on the website in pdf format for students. The slides will be uploaded to Elly before each class and not all together at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning assessment of the Food Technology module will be carried out through a single PARTIAL TEST through a written exam. Registration for the PARTIAL TEST will be done online through the ESSE3 SYSTEM.
The verification method consists of a written test with 4 open questions, each having the same weight. The time available for the test is a maximum of 2 hours. The grade is expressed out of thirty; honors will be awarded, at the discretion of the instructor, if an excellent level of learning of the expected results is verified.
The appropriateness of the technical-scientific language, the concepts learned and the ability to connect different topics will be evaluated.
If taking the written exam in the classroom will be impossible, due to due to rules imposed by the University, the exam will be carried out remotely. The first part consists of 10 multiple choice questions. The correct answer to at least 8 of the 10 answers of this first part is necessary to proceed to the second part of the exam which consists of an oral interview.

Other information

During classes, the correct use of technical language will be illustrated and the connections between the various parts of the course will be underlined. These aspects are essential for a complete understanding of the subject. During the course, exercises will be carried out and an interactive lesson form will be proposed. For these reasons, the attendance of the course, even if not mandatory, is strongly recommended.