1 week (short version 3 ECTS) or 2 weeks (middle version
without report 4½ ECTS; long version incl. report written up
afterwards 6 ECTS) in June every second year (equal years). Or
following the MSc block version LLEF10271U Quantitative
Bio-spectroscopy in block 2 November-January every year (all 3
2015: No summer version; only block version Nov 2014 - Jan
Taking this course, the students will be taught on how
to choose among various spectroscopic methods (electron
(UV-VIS or fluorescence), vibrational (NIR, IR or Raman) and
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy) to solve a food
related problem. Furthermore, exploratory data analysis using
chemometric methods will be an integrated part of the course.
Overall, the course will focus on how to obtain knowledge about
advantages and disadvantages of spectroscopic measurements on food,
about operating spectroscopic equipment and about handling data
Through lectures and laboratory exercises, the course will
introduce the participants to some of the most widely used
instrumental analyses of food spanning a wide range of the
electromagnetic spectrum. The course will emphasize practical use
of spectroscopy and discuss problems, pitfalls and tricks of the
trade in relation to quantitative use of spectroscopy within the
food science area including for example spectroscopic calibration
and optimal sample presentation to spectrometer.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
-Reflect about advantages and disadvantages of spectroscopic
-Describe various spectroscopic methods (electron spectroscopy,
vibrational spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance) used in
the food industry and science
-Define how to present a theoretical or practical spectroscopic
-Perform spectroscopic measurements and data analysis
(qualitatively and quantitatively) on selected food related
-Suggest and apply spectroscopic monitoring equipment and sampling
to solve specific food problems
-Operate selected spectroscopic equipment which is applied in food
-Understand and communicate spectroscopic expert and research
litterature to fellow students
-Carry out selected spectroscopic measurements on food or food
-Interpret selected spectroscopic data within food related problems
-Evaluate spectroscopic data quantitatively with basic chemometrics
(PCA and PLS)
Will be supplied before and during the course.
Teaching and learning methods
The course will be available in 3 versions.
Either one including 1 week full work onsite (3 ECTS; theory with
lectures and theoretical exercises), one including 2 weeks full
work onsite (4½ ECTS; 1 week theory with lectures and theoretical
exercises and 1 week with laboratory work but NO report), and one
including 2 weeks full work onsite (1 week theory with lectures and
theoretical exercises and 1 week with laboratory work), finalized
with a report (home work) for later approval (6 ECTS; 3 weeks total
work load). If the course is followed in the block version, work
load will be similar, but distributed according to schedule across
the 9 week block.
Short version: 5 days lectures and exercises 50 h, literature
reading 30 h. Total 80 h = 3 ECTS.
Middle version: 5 days lectures and exercises 50 h, literature
reading 30 h, 5 days laboratory work 45 h. Total 125 h = 4½ ECTS
Long version: 5 days lectures and exercises 50 h, literature
reading 30 h, 5 days laboratory work 45 h, preparation of report 40
h. Total 165 h = 6 ECTS
Basic knowledge of chemometrics/exploratory data
analysis is expected.
For the lab work in the long version the
participiants could bring their own sample set (app. 20 samples).
There is no course fee for students registered at a Danish
university. The fee for guest students (exchange students or a full
degree student at a non-partner university abroad) is dkr. 2500.
The fee for industrial participants and EU/EEA citizens (continuing
education or supplementary training) is dkr.
Deadline for signing up: summer version May 1st, block
(winter) version October 1st
Type of assessment
In order to pass the course, all participants must hand in a
30-page report for approval (long version, 6 ECTS) or theoretical
exercises for approval (short version, 3 ECTS and middle version,