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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01122714, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0064, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL FOOD QUALITY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIULIO COZZI AGR/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 COZZI GIULIO (Presidente)
GOTTARDO FLAVIANA (Membro Effettivo)
9 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 COZZI GIULIO (Presidente)
GOTTARDO FLAVIANA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student should have some basic knowledge about:
- livestock farming systems
- production of animal derived foodstuffs
- main techniques for the storage and processing of animal derived foodstuffs.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire some knowledge about the correct human nutrition as well as about the emerging trends in food habits. The evolution of the concept of quality along the production chains of the main animal derived foods will be deeply analyzed. Production chains and processing systems of meat, milk and eggs will be analyzed along with the main factors affecting their nutritional, organoleptic and technological properties. There will also be provided information about production and main qualitative traits of fish and honey. For all these foodstuffs, information will be provided on recent trends in domestic consumption and marketing channels as well as on the evolution of their of quality concept in the light of environmental sustainability and animal welfare issues.
Examination methods: There will be a written final exam made of a multiple choice test at the end of the teaching semester. In the following sessions included in the Academic calendar, the exam will be oral and it will made of at least of 3 main questions addressing different topics of the course.The final grade will also take into account the score obtained by the student in the team homework carried out during the teaching activity.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will take into account the student's understanding and acquisition of the topics covered by the course as well as the his ability to apply the acquired knowledge in an autonomous and professional manner. There will also be taken into account the outcome of team homework carried out during the teaching activity.
Course unit contents: Through a logical path the course covers the quality issue of animal derived foodstuffs. Starting from general concepts of correct human nutrition and from the new trends of food habits, the course analyses the specificities of the different chains of production of animal derived foods (meat, milk, eggs etc..).
The framework of the course is the following (number of credits ECTS):
- Definition of quality for an animal derived foodstuff and factors involved in its determination. Meaning of quality along the production chain of the animal derived foodstuffs. Animal derived foodstuffs and proper nutrition. Methods for the quality assessment of animal derived foodstuffs. Applications of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and XRF technology in the evaluation of food quality (1 ECTS).
- World's trend of production and demand of meat and the Italian market. Strenghts ane weaknesses of different types of meat. The transport of animals to the abattoir and quality. Post-mortem evolution of muscle tissue. Protocols of meat quality evaluation and biological and technological factors involved in the control of the quality for different types of meat. (2 ECTS).
- Production and market of domestic milk. Trend of consumption of drinking milk and dairy products. The quality of milk for cheese production, technological and sanitary parameters. Milk payment systems. Intensive and extensive milk supply systems and effects on raw milk quality and dairy products (1 ECTS).
The quality of eggs. Market grading of eggs according to their supply. Quality traits of shell, yolk and albumen. Key quality requirements of honey and fish (1 ECTS).
The organic method of animal food production. Ethics in animal husbandry and environmental sustainability of livestock supply chains as new quality drivers (1 ECTS).
Technical visits, practical training, seminarsand laboratory training (2 ECTS).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is developed through a set of frontal lectures and educational seminars supported by specific laboratory exercises and technical visits.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for classroom teaching and seminars is available in PDF format on the following web platform
The material might be supplemented by specific scientific literature.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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