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Food chemistry

Course
2017-2018

h3. Contact

Coordinator: Marianne Sinnige
Email: Sinnige.m@hsleiden.nl

h3. Description

The emphasis in the coarse food chemistry will be on molecules and chemical reactions. The topics are
Enzymatic reactions
Caramelisation and oxidation reactions
Maillard reactions
Chemistry of gels

h3. Learning goals

Learning Objectives:
Student are able to:

  • Describe in their own words which molecules and chemical reactions play a fundamental role in cooking.

  • Comment on a given scientific paper about chemical reactions in relation to food and cooking

  • Understand the formation of gels in food chemistry

Final Qualifications:

  • Students know and understand the basic chemical reactions in relation to food and cooking

  • Students can document and present results.

h3. Timetable
Period: September – January
Or: February - June

h3. Mode of instruction
Lectures, workshops

h3. Assessment method

Assignment

h3. Blackboard
Blackboard will be used for communication and exchange of documents

h3. Reading list
Will be provided

h3. Registration

Registration with cv and motivation letter via aar.vd.a@hsleiden.nl. Deadline for registration is October 15th, 2017.

This elective program can host max. 24 students. A basic knowledge in the natural sciences is required; students of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University and students from the laboratory educations of Leiden University of Applied Sciences are welcome to register. The following admission requirements apply: minimal 3rd-year university students or 3rd- or 4th-year HBO students that meet the entry requirements for a minor of their educational programme*.

There will be a selection procedure for students who meet the entry requirements. Therefore, students are required to submit a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter. In addition, the motivation letter should describe an idea for a food science experiment that the student would like to carry out. Selection is done by the teaching staff, in which the following criteria are important: study results, motivation, English skills, and forming a well-balanced, diverse group of students.

*For HLO students: the students should have their propaedeutic (1st year) diploma of the Bachelor of Biology and Medical Laboratory Research or of the Bachelor Chemistry at least 10 days before the start of the minor programme and should meet the regular entry requirements for a minor.
*For Biology students: the students should have their propaedeutic (1st year) diploma of Bachelor of Biology and should meet the regular entry requirements for a minor.