Course Title: Materials in Sports Equipment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials in Sports Equipment

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Kate Fox

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4296

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course covers the spectrum of sports materials including metals, polymers, composites, biological materials, and nano-and functional materials. The course introduces you to the principles of materials science and engineering, improvement of sports performance through material modification, protection and prevention of injuries through materials, and practical examples of materials innovation. The main focus of the course is targeted at innovation and problem solution, based on mechanical modelling, design optimisation and materials testing.

This course is intended to represent the problems and solutions that a new graduate might be expected to undertake shortly after starting work as a professional sports technologist. In this course you are required to undertake an individual project which requires you to demonstrate technical skills and personal attributes at levels which are commensurate with professional sports technology practice.

This course will provide you ample opportunities to familiarise yourself with various real-world sports technology problems. You will learn to design, analyse and test a wide range of sports materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
  • Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and demonstrate understanding of the science and engineering relevant to sports materials
  2. Relate basic principles of sports materials technology to identify problems and develop solutions

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments and analyses, and an individual project. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world technology problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory experiments. The individual project exposes you materials testing under close supervision of the course coordinator.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will typically need to use professional level resources such as one prescribed textbook,  lecture notes and laboratory handbooks available on course Blackboard (accessed via myRMIT), and specialist books and journals that are accessible in the RMIT library and other major libraries. Internet sources may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment Tasks

Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Group Project
Weighting 45%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Assignment 1: Mechanics and Materials (Early Assessment)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Laboratory Report
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2