Food Technology


To train professionals to apply innovate technologies, looking for a dynamic positioning of products on the market while maintaining the quality and competitiveness of the professional market. The student must be able to:
a)  Understand how food processing influence the stability and nutritional quality and the interaction of these products with consumer’s health.
b) Correlate the knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology with food processing.
c)  To innovate in the presentation and utilization of food processing for nutritional purpose.

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Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Pedro Louro


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Teaching method

The course is organized in lectures and practical classes: 2 weekly lectures for all students with a duration of 50 min each; 1 practical class per week of 2 hrs, in classes with a maximum of 15 students.

Evaluation method

The evaluation has a practical component and a final exam, both graded from 0 to 20. The assessment of the practicals is continuous, corresponds to 40% of the final grade, and takes into account the following criteria: performance and attendance of students; quality of the practical reports; attitude and knowledge demonstrated by the students; and one practical test. The final exam is 60% of the final grade, it is a multiple choice written exam, and is covers all the theoretical and practical topics taught. The presence in the examination is conditional to attendance to at least 2/3 of the practical classes and a practical grade of at least 9.5.

Subject matter

Topics to be covered in this course will be:
1. Definition, history and objectives of food technology;
2. Legislation on food;
3. Changes in food and the importance of conservation;
4. Concepts such as intrinsic and extrinsic factors to food to be considered;
5. Food preservation methods: chemical, biological methods and application of the unit operations of heat, cold, drying, freeze drying, irradiation, high pressure and combined methods.
6. Unconventional methods of food preservation;
7. Security and food safety;
8. Animal products: meat, milk and dairy products;
9. Products of vegetable origin: production of vegetable oils; cereals.
10. Technology of fruit and vegetables
11. Food ingredients for technological purposes;
12. Food ingredients for therapeutic functional use;
13. Biotechnological processes for processing and obtaining functional foods


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