Course code MVI273

MVI273 Milk and milk processing

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Course responsible: Gerd Elisabeth Vegarud
Teachers: Kari Ragnhild Olsen, Irene Comi, Ahmed Moheyeldin Abdelghani, Geirfinn Lund, Magne Adamski, Siv Borghild Skeie, Tove Gulbrandsen Devold, Judith Ann Narvhus
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 5, maximum 50 students. Max. group size for practical exercises: 25.

Teaching exam periods:

Part 1: This part starts and is conducted in the January block.

Part 2: This part starts and is conducted in the spring paralell.

This course has teaching/evaluation in the January block and in the spring paralell

Course frequency: Yearly<br/> 
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:


Course contents:

The topic consists of to parts:

Part 1. Milk and milk components: Proteins, lipids, lactose, enzymes, minerals and trace elements in milk. Cow milk, goat milk, human milk. Conditions and variations in milk as a raw material. Functional and nutritional properties of milk.

Part 2: Milkprocessing focusing on transportation, separation, homogensiastion, heat treatment (termisation, pasteurisation and UHT treatment), filtration, concentration and drying

Learning outcome:

Part 1: Students will gain elementary knowledge about the chemical structure, composition and quality of milk. This is a good foundation for an understanding of processes used in the food and dairy industry.

Part 2: The students will gain a theoretical foundation on the different processing techniques used for milk treatment. Factors of importance for the final quality of milk products are emphasised. The students should gain both theoretical and practical knowledge through lectures and practicals in the Dairy Pilot Plant. The students should thereby gain understanding of the most important milk processing lines, how these influence the raw material and factors influencing the final product quality.

Learning activities:

Part 1: Lectures, seminars/colloquia, groupwork/projects/exercises, independent work/projects, independent study/Internet searches, student presentations (compulsory) and laboratory training (compulsory).

Part 2: Lectures, practicals in the dairy pilot plant (compulsory) and journal writing (obligatory).

Teaching support:

Supervision will be given at the scheduled hours for the course.

The course responsible (and responsible for part 1) may be contacted by e-mail:

Responisble for part 2.



Part 1: Literature etc. will be announced at the start of the course.


Part 2: Walstra, P., Wouters, J.T.M., Geurts, T.J., 2006: "Dairy Science and Technology". CRC, Taylor - Francis, Boca Raton, USA. (This book will also be used in the course MVI383A)


Knowledge of food production corresponding to MVI100, biochemistry corresponding to KJB200 and food chemistry corresponding to KJB210. Knowledge in food processing corresponding to MVI280.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Part 1: Students must be present at day 1 and during the 3 weeks including practical exercises and student presentations.

Part 2: Participation at practicals and journal writing



Part 1: 3.5 hour final written exam as mulitiple choice counts 50 % and has to be approved. Written assignments with presentations count 50 % and must be passed. The grade obtained in part 1 counts 50 % of the final grade.

Part 2: Folderevaluation of journals (counts 30 %) and final oral exam (counts 70 %). The grade obtained in this part counts 50 % of the total grade. The grade obtained in part 2 counts 50 % of the final grade.

Nominal workload:

Part 1: Organised teaching: 56 hours. Self-study: 94 hours.

Part 2: Lectures 24 h, practicals 24 h and 8 h excursion. Self-study and journal writing 94 hours. 

Entrance requirements:


Reduction of credits:

It is not possilbe to receive credits for both MVI281 and MVI270 in addition to MVI273. MVI273 incorporates MVI270 and the dairypart of MVI281.

Type of course:

Part 1: 56 hours in total over 3 weeks, divided between lectures, and compulsory activities like exercises, discussion groups, group work and student presentations.

Part 2: 2 hour lectures and 4 hours practical each week for 12 weeks.


Students are obliged to be present the very first day of the course in January. Students that do not attend on this first (mandatory) day lose their right to take the course.


Part 1: An external examiner approves the examination questions of the multiple choice exam. Evaluations of student presentations and written projects are conducted internally, but the topics have been approved by an external examiner.

Part 2: The journals is evaluated by internal sensors while an external sensor will participate on the oral exams.

Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått