Course syllabus

Packaging Material Science
Förpackningsmaterial, fördjupning

MTTN56, 7.5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED I
Date of Decision: 2024-04-16
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Technology Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Main field: Food Systems Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory for: MFIPDES2
Elective mandatory for: MLSA1, MLSA2
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 understanding 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

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Lectures on packaging materials and standardized test methods for the evaluation of packaging material performance given by experts from academia and industry. Laboratory demonstrations or exercises on standard test methods for material  evaluation. Study visits to packaging material related industries. 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 - (U, G). Assessment: Assignments and literature study with grades pass or fail. The module includes: Assignments including lab reports and reflections. Literature study.
Code: 0220. Name: Project Report.
Credits: 4.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Project report with grades Pass or Fail The module includes: Project: Supply chain analysis, for each of the abovementioned labs.


Assumed prior knowledge: Courses equivalent to a Bachelor in Food engineering, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Biotechnology, Mechanical engineering or Industrial engineering and management.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lars Palm,
Teacher: Jenny Schelin,
Teacher: Johan Tryding,
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