Course Title: Sustainable Manufacturing of Sports Products

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Manufacturing of Sports Products

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Prof Aleksandar Subic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6000

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Course Coordinator Location: Bundooora East Campus, Building 251, Level 3

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course covers the spectrum of sustainable sports equipment, including manufacturing, plant assessment, and the life cycle of sport products. The course introduces you to the sustainable design and manufacturing of a range of sport products, including sport footwear, racquets, apparel and sports clothing, and sport balls. The main focus of the course is targeted at design and manufacturing issues in a global and international context, supported by case reports.
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. 

This course will provide you ample opportunities to familiarise yourself with various real-world sports technology problems. You will learn to design, assess and manufacture a wide range of sports products in terms of life cycle and environmental impact.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Apply knowledge of basic sciences and engineering;
-Understand the basic principles of design and manufacturing of sport products;
-Identify problems and find solutions;
-Apply acquired knowledge to solve new problems;
-Develop new ideas and logical explanation.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
Problem-solving and Design (PLO2)
The course will equip you with cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship. In addition to that, this course will equip you with cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level.
Analysis (PLO3)
You will acquire knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of sustainable sports products. The course will equip you with cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories related sustainability and to apply established theories. In addition to that, this course will equip you with cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level.
Professional Practice (PLO4)
The course will equip you with communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. In addition to that, this course will equip you with technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship. Also, this course will equip you with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments and analyses, and a group 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 group project exposes you the design of sustainable sports products 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
- one prescribed textbook,
- lecture notes and laboratory handbooks that are available on the Learning Hub, and
- specialist books and journals that are accessible in the RMIT library and other major libraries (recommended references as listed in the Part B Course Guide).
Internet sources may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of this course will take a variety of forms that are appropriate to assess student performance in a range of skills such as planning and management of a project, critical thinking, communication, technical competency, and professionalism.
Assessment includes the following items:
• Formative assignments
• Data analysis & Presentation (based on lab work)
• Presentation and documentation of the group project
For more details, refer to the part B Course Guide section “Assessment Tasks”