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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 19/04/2022 11:41:00

Title of Module: Food Inspection and Food Safety

Code: CEWM09010 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Ruth  Horan

Summary of Module

This module will enable students to understand and appreciate the food / meat industry from farm to fork. The module is specifically designed to provide the student with a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of the Meat Inspection regime and the Meat Industry. The module will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework which exist within the food / meat industry – from the abattoir to the final consumer, thus enabling the student to inspect and audit food premises effectively.

Specifically, students will appreciate the importance of HACCP and how its principles underpin EU/UK legislation throughout the food chain. Students will visit licensed abattoirs, cutting plants, approved game and poultry production establishments which will enable them to gain a practical knowledge and understanding of how food legislation is enforced by the Environmental Health Professional. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the lymphatic system of food animals (including game, poultry, fish and shellfish), incisions and observations made at ante and post mortem of these animals. This will enable students to recognise common pathological conditions encountered in meat inspection and what action should be taken as a consequence.  

By undertaking this module students will develop a range of 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes.

Universal – development of critical thinking, ethically and research minded.

Work Ready – knowledgeable, effective problem solver, communicator and ambitious.

Successful – by being autonomous, resilient and driven.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Describe the functional anatomy of major systems in food animals and demonstrate the ability to differentiate organs, carcasses and cuts of meat, game and poultry, and to differentiate various fish and shellfish, fruit and vegetables

L2. Demonstrate knowledge in the determination of fitness of various fresh meats, offal, poultry, fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetables to understand when food is safe or unsafe for human consumption and the actions that can be taken to remove unfit foods from the food chain.

L3. Display a knowledge of current legislation relating to food safety and food standards, and relevant Codes of Practice, from farm to fork for all food groups.

L4. Demonstrate how a food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP helps ensure compliance with legislation and helps assure food safety and quality within the food industry.

L5. Demonstrate technical understanding of common food processing methodologies, including the use of heat and cold, curing, smoking and the purpose of such processes, development of novel food processing methods and various food packaging techniques.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Combining knowledge, theories and principles of food hygiene and food safety in novel ways in the analysis of complex and substantial problems and situations, objectively analysing these from a range of different viewpoints and theoretical standpoints to achieve successful outcomes.

Gain a knowledge of food inspection and food safety standards and good practice.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Having an extended ability to collect primary data and develop a growing awareness of the importance of the choice and application of suitable methods for this.
The application of complex intellectual tools, including learned theory and principles, to novel situations, for example during food hygiene and food safety inspections, to identify and achieve a range of innovative and valid solutions to complex problems.
The synthesis of theory and professional/vocational practice and standards, and critical evaluation of theory, process, solutions and outcomes.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

The application of underpinning knowledge to critically analyse, evaluate and generate effective information, ideas and concepts related to food hygiene and food safety, from a variety of sources.

The derivation of solutions to specific problems of food safety and hygiene from general principles and standards, subsequently reflecting on the validity and appropriateness of these approaches and using the fruit of this reflection to modify future responses to these and related issues and the transfer of knowledge/solutions into new contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicating clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, in an appropriate manner including, to non-practitioners without expertise in the area of Environmental Health (as would be required following food hygiene and food safety inspections of premises) and in formal style in relation to major pieces of academic work.

Using IT effectively to organise and present information in an accessible and understandable form. It is understood that candidates will have demonstrated an appropriate level of numeracy in order to pass previous academic modules in this Degree course.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working autonomously over significant and critical academic and practical tasks, accepting ownership and accountability for both the process and outcomes.
Also, working and interacting, as part of a team, with individuals and groups from a variety of professional and vocational settings, developing the confidence and self-awareness to influence and, where appropriate lead, such groups.

Identify new perspectives in and modifications to existing knowledge and practice, new areas for investigation and problems for solution.
Developing the confidence required to carry out food hygiene and food safety inspections against recognized standards and inform those inspected of the conclusions arrived at.

Recognise the importance of Continuous Professional Development to extend knowledge and competence.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
This module includes face-to-face/online teaching and a series of industrial visits to food premises.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery42
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop28
Independent Study130
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bassett, W H (2011), Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health; 20th edition. Taylor and Francis

Bassett, W H (2007), Environmental Health Procedures; 7th edition. Taylor and Francis

Cichy, R F (2008) Food Safety: Managing the HACCP System, 2nd Edition. CHIPS, Texas USA

Engel D, et al, (2007) Managing Food Safety (2nd edition) course book. CIEH, Chadwick House Group/Vis a Vis Publications.

CIEH (2000), Food Safety for Supervisors, Chadwick House Group. This can be ordered direct from CIEH go to and select shop from the home page

Shapton D A & Shapton N F (Eds), (1991), Principles and Practices for the Safe Processing of Foods, Woodhouse Publishing

Sprenger R A (1999), Intermediate food hygiene, Doncaster, Highfield Publications

Sprenger R A, (1998), Hygiene for Management – 8th Edition, Highfield Publications, Doncaster

Food Standards Scotland website

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (lectures, tutorials, practicals and site visits), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module. This module has a practical element to attend all site visits provided as part of REHIS accreditation which must be attended.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorFiona Henriquez
External ExaminerS Boyd
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by REHIS as part of BSc (Hons) Environmental Health with Professional Practice
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical Assessment 40%. This test consists of a number of food and animal related products being correctly identified by the student
Presentation 10%. Students will be given a topic to demonstrate their technical understanding of common food processing methodologies.
Course Work 50%. An essay giving a detailed account of practical/field/clinical work and is worth 30% of the overall mark and a closed book class test worth 20% of the overall mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (practical)check markcheck markcheck mark  401

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation    check mark102

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen closed book (standard) check markcheck markcheck markcheck mark202
Essay  check markcheck mark 300
Combined Total For All Components100% 5 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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