Syllabus: FOS 4311 - FOOD CHEMISTRY Spring 2013

    • 3 credits (Lecture, M,W,F - Period 4)

    • Maurice R. Marshall and Paul Sarnoski

    • By appointment

    • CHM2200 or CHM2210, 2211 sequence
    • FOS4310L or FOS4311L.
      Biochemistry recommended but not required

    • This course is designed for food science and nutrition professionals who are interested in the relationship of composition to the properties of foods. The course also stresses what are the beneficial and detrimental changes that occur in foods during processing, storage and utilization.

    • Students will be able to identify the structure of food constituents and relate the structure to the constituents function and importance in foods with respect to food quality, nutrition, safety, processing, etc.  Students will also differentiate chemical interactions and reactions of food components and their effect on sensory, nutritional and functional properties of foods, and how processing influences these.  The student will explain how environmental factors such as temperature, pH, ionic characteristic and strength, bonding, light, etc. affect chemical changes in food systems and judge how to adjust these conditions to improve or minimize chemical and biochemical deterioration of food systems.  Finally, the student will integrate chemistry and biochemistry principles into real-world food science and nutritional problems.

    • These include classroom lecture, guest lectures on individual topics, in class demonstrations and term paper.
    • Exams (3) 300 pts
    • Final 100 pts
    • Assignment 50 pts
    • In Class Participation - Turningpoint Responses (clickers) 50pts
    • Food Chemistry: Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition. 2012. Y.H. Hui Ed., Science Technology System, Sacramento, CA

      Note: Food Science majors should consider purchasing this text as a resource while Dietetics majors should not need to purchase it to do well.

    • Food Chemistry, 3rd Edition. 2008. S. Damodaran, K.L. Parkin, O.R. Fennema Eds.  CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

      Principles of Food Chemistry, 1999. 3rd Edition.  J.M. deMan, Aspen Publishers, New York.

    • Classroom lectures including PowerPoint presentations, which will be available to students online; guest lectures will also occur for specific topics; class demonstrations and ingredient label paper will be used to enforce the principles of chemistry/biochemistry to foods.

    • 3 Exams throughout semster (100 pts each)
    • Exams will be on the following dates:

      Exam 1 - 2/13/2013

      Exam 2 - 3/20/2013

      Exam 3 - 4/24/2013


      Final Exam (100 pts)
    • The final exam is not optional, will be cumulative, and will be adminitstered during Exam period 1D. The final exam will only lowere your grade at the time of the exam if you receive a score lower than 80 pts.

    • In Class Participaton (50 pts)
    • 50 pts maximum will be attributed to the in class Turningpoint responses. Correct answers will receive 2 pts, while incorrect answers will receive 1 pt. Bonus pts will be built in to account for technological issues with the Turningpoint software (i.e. there will be at leasts 60 pts worth of question during the semester).

    • Assignment 1 - Food Labels (50 pts)
    • Food Label Term Paper: (50 pts)

      Students can work in groups of 3 to complete this assignment. See Assignments for more information.

    • Make up Exam Policy
    • Make up exams are frowned upon and will only be given with advance permission of the instructior.

      Each examination will include the following statement: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this examination."

      Cheating is NOT tolerated and will be reported

    • 90 – 100%


      70 – 74.9%


      88 – 89.9%


      68 – 69.9%


      85 – 87.9%


      65 – 67.9%


      80 – 84.9%


      60 – 64.9%


      78 – 79.9%


      58 – 59.9%


      75 – 77.9%


      Below 58%


    • Smartphone use is allowed only for Turningpoint Responses.  In class participation will be evaluated using the Turningpoint response card system (“clicker”) or via your Smartphone or internet browser.  This system is being implemented to offer a better learning experience, and increase student performance.  Clicker questions will start by January 14th at the latest, and points will officially start counting towards your final grade by January 16th.  Questions may include material recently covered in class, opinion questions, or other types of “informational” questions.  Questions may be asked at any point during class, and on some days more than one question may be asked.  You will be given a set amount of time to respond, but once the “polling time” has ended, it will not be possible to register your response.  Therefore you should get to class on time and have your response system with you and ready to use.

    • Honesty in academic and scientific work is essential.  As a result of completing the registration form at the University of Florida, every student has signed the following statement: "I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty, and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the university."

      • You are on your honor to register Turningpoint responses only for yourself.  This means you personally must be in class and register your own answers.  Registering responses for someone else or having someone register responses for you is considered a form of cheating.  If you are caught cheating the system, you and the other party(ies) involved will, at minimum, forfeit all of your points for the semester, and could be prosecuted through Student Honor Court.
    • Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

    • Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals that interfere with their academic performance. These include the following resources:

      1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
      2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, for personal counseling;
      3. Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SAYS), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, for sexual assault counseling; and
      4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.
    • All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

      We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.