Course Title: Sports Measurements and Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sports Measurements and Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2013


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof. Peter Dabnichki

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7278

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course covers measurement of sport-related signals and instrumentation for experimental purposes as well as for smart product design. The course introduces you to 

  • principles of measurements including sensor technology, measurement chains and advanced signal processing, as well as assessment and quantification of performance; and
  • principles of instrumentation of sports equipment for measurement of performance parameters and optimisation of training, including the design and development of smart and intelligent sports equipment as well as biofeedback methods.

The main focus of the course is targeted at innovation and problem solution, based on systems design, design optimisation and equipment 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 a group project which requires you to demonstrate technical skills and personal attributes at levels which are commensurate with professional sports technology practice.  

The primary objective of this course is to develop your skills and technical acumen to design, optimise and test sports footwear and clothing. This course builds a foundation of capability for the solution, analysis and synthesis of a wide variety of practical equipment-related problems in a logical and effective manner.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3. Analysis

  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology
  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Describe and apply principles of signals and measurement principles to the design of athlete configuration and sports equipment
  2. Relate principles of athlete and sports equipment aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to identify problems and develop solutions

Measurement of sport-related signals and instrumentation for experimental purposes as well as for smart product design

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures/ tutorials, minor project, group discussion and presentation. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world technology problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures/tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the project work. The project will expose you to the development of an optimised or innovative sports product within a team in a simulated company environment under close supervision of the course coordinator.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will typically need to use professional level resources such as a prescribed textbook, lecture notes and laboratory handbooks that are available on the 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

Laboratory Reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Group project
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Examination (oral)
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2