Course Title: Sports Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sports Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof Firoz Alam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6103

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 251, Level 3, Room 28, Bundoora East Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study aerodynamics and hydrodynamics topics relevant to sport. This includes the principles of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, aerodynamics of sports balls, equipment and garments, hydrodynamics in swimming and sailing, and aerodynamics of skiing. The application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to sports aerodynamics is also covered.  

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

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
  • Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Describe and apply aerodynamics and hydrodynamic 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

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.r.

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

Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

Final exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2