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Course content and structure

The course is structured into 13 individual units.

ICATS Aroma Trades Course Structure

Units 1 and 2 provide the necessary foundation knowledge and skills. Units 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 cover specific technical aspects of the Aroma Trades. Units 8, 9, 10 and 11 cover the business aspects of the Aroma Trades. The concluding units (12 & 13) lead to the production of a researched based dissertation of the participant’s own topic selection with tutor support and guidance.

Unit 1: Foundation science and mathematics for the Aroma Trades

A module introducing the key chemical, physical and mathematical concepts needed to underpin the core modules of the Aroma Trades Studies programme.

Unit 2: Sensory studies and odour language

A module providing the student with the necessary background in the olfactory process, the basic concepts of olfaction, introducing the student to a generic scheme for the classification of odours.

Unit 3: Aroma materials of natural & synthetic origin

A module introducing to students a selection of the major materials used in the Aroma Trades industry. All the major methods of extraction (including historical) of natural products are covered (essential oils, extracts and isolates). To illustrate production of aroma chemicals, the toluene and alpha / beta pinene families are presented.

Unit 4: Creation and evaluation in the Aroma Trades (Fragrance pathway)

This module provides students with a framework for the creation of fragrances for a variety of end uses. Students will also be made aware of the constraints on the creative process to produce fragrances that cost effectively perform, are legal and safe.

Unit 4: Flavour creation and evaluation. (Flavour pathway)

This module provides the students with an understanding of the process of flavour creation, the way that process links into analytical chemistry, basic flavour profiling techniques and insight into the commercial role of the flavourist.

Unit 5: Application of aroma materials (Fragrance pathway)

This module to provides the student with a background on the nature and manufacture of a range of key fragranced products.

Unit 5: Application of flavouring materials in flavoured products . (Flavour pathway)

This module provides the student with an understanding of the formulations and manufacturing processes of a range of key flavoured products and also the main factors influencing flavour performance.

Unit 6: Safety, regulatory and environmental issues

This unit will provide students with the necessary theory to understand and apply selected key safety assessments (e.g. compliance with IFRA guidelines), familiarise students with selected key regulatory frameworks (e.g. EU cosmetics directive) and provide students with basic skills to complete a life-cycle and environmental impact assessment for selected products.

Unit 7: Operations, logistics and quality assurance

This unit presents to the student the key issues in manufacturing and quality management in the Aroma Trades.

Unit 8: Marketing in the Aroma Trades

This module provides the student with a background on the Aroma Trades Business Environment and introduces the principles of marketing, and how these may be applied in the Aroma Trades industry.

Unit 9: New product development in the aroma trades

This module introduces the student to the new product development process and prepares the student for management in this area.

Unit 10: Project management and the briefing process

This is a module to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to manage the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ elements of a project. Specific focus is given to the briefing process and brief management.

Unit 11: Financial and management issues in the aroma trades

This module provides the financial background for Aroma Trades Management with specific focus on special issues to be considered in the Aroma Trades. The focus is on financial management rather than balance sheet and taxation issues which are best left to the professional accountant.

Unit 12: Research methods and dissertation proposal and Unit 13 Dissertation

With tutor guidance, the participant will produce a dissertation in a relevant Aroma Trades context.

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