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Course Description

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This course offers an introduction to quantitative analysis of foods by chemical, physical and instrumental means. Determination of both major and minor constituents of foods are discussed.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Solve problems related to food analysis;
  2. Recognize the limitations inherent to particular sampling or analytical procedures;
  3. Outline the theoretical bases underlying methods commonly used for food analysis;
  4. Utilize the mathematical calculations involved in food analysis; and
  5. Assess the importance of food composition information to the food industry.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to food analysis
  • Numeracy and statistics
  • Mass balance, enzymes, and immunoassays
  • Chromatography
  • Spectroscopy
  • Ash
  • Water and solids
  • Fat and lipid analysis
  • Protein and amino acids
  • Carbohydrates and fiber analysis
  • Physical properties
  • Applications

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FOOD*2400
Restriction(s): FOOD*4190


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1 25%
Assignment 2 25%
Assignment 3 (Final Paper) 25%
Case Study 25%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Introduction to Food Analysis
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $795.00 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
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