University of Leeds Free Online Course on Food Industry

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The University of Leeds is offering free online course on Innovation: the Food Industry. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

In this two week course, applicants will learn how innovation has changed the food industry, the way we shop and how we manage the global issue of food waste. This course will start on October 2, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort: 2 hours/week
Subject: Innovation: the Food Industry
Institution: University of Leeds and Future learn
Languages:  English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on October 2, 2017

Providers’ Details

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

About This Course

Introduced though a case study from Marks and Spencer, you will see how new innovations have changed the way we shop.

Why Take This Course?

You will also consider the issue of food waste; in a world where thousands suffer from malnutrition and starvation you’ll consider the attitudes in your own society to this global problem.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explore the different types of innovation and think of examples of each.
  • Identify the three levels of innovation: incremental, radical, and disruptive.
  • Discuss the consumer needs that drive innovation in the food industry.
  • Reflect on a case study showing innovation in the cold chain process for food delivery.
  • Identify drivers in food retail innovation and discuss future directions for innovation in the food industry.
  • Explore how individuals and groups can aid innovation.
  • Identify examples of crowd sourcing activities.
  • Assess what the wicked problem of food waste is.
  • Summaries in less than 250 word an innovative solution for addressing the wicked problem of food waste.
  • Research and identify the drivers and challenges of technical innovations in the brewing process.
  • Assess your knowledge by successfully completing the test which concludes the course.

Requirements

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

Instructors

Dan Trowsdale

Dan Trowsdale is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Univesity of Leeds. My areas of interest are based around the subject of design. Key areas are innovation, creativity and employability.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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