Module:Smart Food Systems

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Professor Louise Manning and Damian Maye
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

Smart living: definitions, smart kitchens, smart businesses, IoT smart supply chains, Blockchain and other integrated systems, digital purchasing of food and digital money and digital food culture,

Smart cities: planning, food availability, rise of dark kitchens and use of apps to purchase food, changing purchasing behaviour with food, impact on personal and societal health

Smart policy: regulating our future, frictionless trade, regulatory systems and their interface, sampling systems, databases and their representativeness

Smart packaging: smart, intelligent and active packaging.

Smart solutions to societal challenges: Topics will be contemporary to the course delivery but may include: food poverty, food sharing, food waste, animal welfare, traceability, health and animal welfare.

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate how smart food systems are developing and shaping food policy and food consumption patterns
  2. Assess the role of technology and data sharing to improve levels of consumer awareness and information sharing in food supply chains
  3. Apply theory to address a contemporary food based societal challenge


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Critical academic reflection Maximum 3000 words excluding references and appendices 100%

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