Course Title: Sportswear and Performance Textiles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sportswear and Performance Textiles

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Chris Watson

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 9116

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

For Undergraduate students you should have satisfactorily completed the pre requisite course, PROC1061 Textile Materials before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information please refer to RMIT Course Requisites policy;ID=twx09y07zi1c

For Post Graduate students

Assumed Knowledge:
Knowledge of materials, processes and fashion and textiles products. An understanding of key processes involved in the design and manufacture of fashion and textile products.

Course Description

The course addresses international and domestic market needs for specialist knowledge in the areas of design, development, engineering and evaluation of sport and other textiles for human performance.  The content will be studied in the context of sports science, human ergonomics and advanced materials.
The proposed course may be offered to a wider student cohort, including Textile Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design and others.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

For Undergraduate students, in this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

1. Apply sustainable practices related to fashion and textiles issues.

2. Identify, research and analyse emerging global issues and trends in the fashion and textiles industry.

3. Conceptualise, integrate and organise information in order to resolve complex issues related to fashion and textiles product development.

For Post Graduate students, in this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

1. An ability to identify, organise and, analyse relevant information, research alternatives using appropriate methodology, reason logically and present sound conclusions.

2. An ability to recognise and apply relevant advanced technologies within a Fashion and Textiles organisation.

3. To be able to effectively communicate in a variety of contexts, modes and work with cultural differences in an appropriate manner.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Design, develop, engineer and evaluate sport and other performance textiles
  2. Explain the role and function of performance textiles.
  3. Explore the use of performance textiles for various human performances

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a combination of classroom activities, including lectures, tutorials, research laboratory activities and case study discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web based resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians Michelle Matheson (Brunswick) and Gwen Scott (City).


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.