Course syllabus

Förpackningsmaterial, fördjupning
Packaging Material Science

MTTN56, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED I
Date of Decision: 2020-04-03

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: MFIPDES2
Elective for: B4, I5, M5, MD4, MLIV1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course is multidisciplinary with the aim to provide students with knowledge and practice in characteristics and functions of packaging materials and the evaluation of them, in a supply chain context.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Understand and explain different characteristics and functions of packaging materials.
Understand and explain how supply chain processes affect the performance of packaging materials. Understand and explain how the packaging material and the content within the package interact.
Obtain knowledge about standardized methods for the evaluation of packaging material performance.




Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Perform standardized methods for the evaluation of packaging material performance.
Plan, execute and report evaluations of packaging material and its consequenses in  a supply chain.
Evaluate the consequences of the choice of packaging material for a product in a defined supply chain.



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Critically review and use information in the packaging material science literature, and analyse the consequenses for different actors in the supply chains. Critically and constructively evaluate and give feedback on peer students work.


Lectures on packaging materials and standardized methods for the evaluation of packaging material performance given by experts from academia and industry. Laboratory exercises on standard methods for material  evaluation. Study visits to packaging material companies. Literature study and written assignments on packaging material and their features. Parallell supply chain project to evaluate packaging material features throughout a defined supply chain.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Laboratory assignments, literature assignment and project assignment (including written report, oral presention and opposition). The final grade is based on the total amount of points from all the course assignments.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0120. Name: Assignments and Literature Study.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Assignments and literature study with grades pass or fail. Contents: Assignments including lab reports and reflections. Literature study.
Code: 0220. Name: Project Report.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Project report with grades Pass or Fail Contents: Project: Supply chain analysis, for each of the abovementioned labs.


Assumed prior knowledge: Bachelor in Food engineering, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Biotechnology or Mechanical engineering.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Jenny Schelin,
Teacher: Katrin Molina Besch,
Teacher: Mathias Wallin,
Course administrator: Cilla Perlhagen,
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