Course Title: Design and Mechanics of Sports Equipment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design and Mechanics of Sports Equipment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr 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 equipment including balls, implements and protective equipment. The course introduces you to the design of sports equipment including principles of equipment design and optimisation, mechanical properties of equipment, methods for improving sports performance, and practical examples of design innovation. The main focus of the course is targeted at innovation and problem solution, based on systems design, mechanical modelling, 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 group projects which require 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 equipment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team
  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities

4. Professional Practice

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Describe and apply mechanics principles to the design of sports equipment
  2. Relate principles of sports equipment 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 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 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


Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2

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

Group project
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-2