Are you a professional in the food industry and do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about food quality?
In this online master's course you will study quantitative analysis of food quality and modelling. Since this online course is part-time, you will be able to combine study and work and enhance your career.
Content of the course
The aim of this course is to provide quantitative modelling tools to predict quality attributes of foods as well as the uncertainties therein. Such a tool is necessary for modern product and process design in the food industry to be able to respond quickly to changing demands in the market. The course integrates knowledge from the various food science disciplines to make quantitative predictions for quality attributes of foods. The basic theoretical principles and tools are taught and practiced in this course.
The master's course consists of online knowledge clips, tutorials and feedback clips. Furthermore it includes guided practical training on modelling using Excel. Information will be made available via Blackboard. A textbook is available for additional background reading, but it is not necessary to buy the textbook (M.A.J.S. van Boekel, Kinetic modelling of reactions in foods. CRC/Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, 2008).
You will learn to
- Explain and infer the nature of food quality attributes in relation to food quality.
- Classify and infer food quality attribute changes from thermodynamic and kinetic principles.
- Calculate uncertainties in parameters and predictions in case of kinetic models.
- Practice with the nature and properties of mathematical equations relevant for food quality.
- Assess competing models on their ability to predict.
When you want to learn more about food processing, other courses are interesting for you too! You can deepen your knowledge in a specific career field, without following a complete master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are our suggestions:
- Predicting Food Quality - Solving Food Science Problems by Modelling (strongly recommended)
- Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Flow and Pinch Analysis
- Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Exergy Analysis
After completion of two or more courses there is a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned. You can start a capstone project in consultation with a Wageningen expert in the field. It is a tailor-made project, where you will write a short paper about your results and conclusions. During this work you will be coached by the expert.
Level of knowledge
The language of instruction of this course is in English. Admission to the course requires a level of English as defined at the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.
You can complete the course(s) with an exam (not obligatory) or a capstone project. When completed successfully this will be mentioned on your certificate (included in the price).