Course Title: Sportswear Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sportswear Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of MANU2508 Smart and Active Materials.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Course Description

This course explores concepts and principles for developing innovative textile materials, apparel systems and wearable technologies for sportswear applications. You will learn about emerging trends in sportswear and be introduced to basic human physiology. You will also examine how textile materials and wearable technologies can be applied in specific ways to augment and enhance performance and the user experience. In doing so, you will learn about the relationship between body, sensors, data collection and analysis, and textile materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.

Course Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO 1: Recognise and discuss examples of innovative and emerging trends in sportswear.

CLO 2: Identify several physiological parameters that can be measured.

CLO 3: Examine how textile materials and wearable technologies can be applied in specific ways to augment, and enhance, performance and the user experience for a specific sport.  

CLO 4: Investigate the complex relationship between body, sensors, data analysis and textile materials.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, prototype, and realise ideas for fashion and textile based sustainable innovation.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Report (30%)
CLOs: 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Concept plan (30%)
CLOs: 1 & 3 

Assessment Task 3: Project (40%)
CLOs: 2, 3 & 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.