31580 - Technology of Cereals and Derivates

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Marco Dalla Rosa

  • Learning modules Marco Dalla Rosa (Modulo Mod 1)
    Silvia Tappi (Modulo Mod 2)

  • Credits 4

  • SSD AGR/15

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo Mod 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo Mod 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Food Technology (cod. 8528)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Viticulture and Enology (cod. 8527)


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

The aim of course is to provide the knowledge of cereal and bakery products compartment, the technological processes and quality control about raw materials production (flours, semolina, etc.), and their derived products (bread, pasta and bakery products).

Course contents

Module 1 - Technology of Cereals and Derivates Prof. M. Dalla Rosa

The cereal production in Italy and in the world. Wheat grain structure, composition and functionality. Proteins: gluten compositions, breadmaking and pasta quality. Carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides, starch, pentosans. Milling process. Quality criteria of milling products.
Dough rheology and chemistry: physical dough testing instruments (Brabender farinograph, Chopin alveograph, etc.), influence of physical, chemical factors (work, time, temperature, water, oxidizing agents) on dough properties, influence of flour or semolina components.
Breadmaking and pasta quality relationship to properties of cereal components. Technological, chemical and physical aspects of bread and pasta production. Other cereal and starchy products. Extrusion cooking applications.

Module 2

TECHNOLOGIES OF CEREALS AND DERIVATIVES - Analysis and laboratory exercises - Dr. S. Tappi

Methods of evaluating functional, physical, and rheological properties of cereal-based doughs and finished products

Kieffer test, image analysis, colorimetry, principles of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), rheological parameters of doughs


Lesson slides and bibliographic material provided by the teacher during the course.

· B. Carrai , Arte bianca (materie prime, processi e controlli), Il Sole 24 ore Edagricole, Bologna, 2010.

· P. Giorilli, S. Lauri, Il pane: un'arte, una tecnologia, Franco Lucisano Editore -Zanichelli, Milano, 1996.

· T. Lanza , Tecnologia e pratica per la produzione dei biscotti, Chiriotti Editore, Pinerolo, 2006.

· G. Mondelli , Essiccazione statica della pasta, Edizioni Avenue media, Milano-Bologna, 2009.

· L. Milatovic, G. Mondelli , La tecnologia della pasta alimentare, Chiriotti Editore, Pinerolo, 1989.

Teaching methods

Module 1

Classroom theoretical lectures and seminars
Group work with Elaboration of a paper/presentation related to a grain-derived product
Spreadsheet and blackboard exercise as a subject balance exercise

Module 2
Classroom theoretical lectures on analysis of doughs and final products
Laboratory exercises
Guided tours of companies in the industry.

Assessment methods

Module 1 + Module 2
The verification of learning is through a final written test with items related to  both Modules: the use of supporting materials such as books, notes, computer aids is not allowed, except for special needs (e.g., DSA). The paper/presentation of group work will be given a weight on the final grade equal to 30% of the final grade.

The written test will contain a series of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and is designed to ascertain and verify the skills and knowledge acquired in the context of the topics covered in the entire course program. The final grade is expressed in thirtieths. The verbalization of the assessment achieved takes place on the dates set and indicated in Almaesami. It is possible to view the assignment and ask for clarification.

Teaching tools

PCs and Materials provided by the lecturer and available on websites, pointed out by the lecturer

Specific equipment and instrumentation in the laboratory. (Module 2)

Office hours

See the website of Marco Dalla Rosa

See the website of Silvia Tappi