MECH ENG 3107 - Sports Engineering II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

Sports equipment is an integral part of sportive activity. Sophisticated and innovative design enhances the performance of athletes and prevents injuries. Equipment customised for elite athletes may provide a competitive edge. Sports and exercise equipment sales account for approximately 35% of the global sporting goods market, whilst sports apparel comprises 50% and athletic footwear 15%. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of sports equipment design and technology for competitive purposes, including customisation and legal principles of design within the rules.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 3107
    Course Sports Engineering II
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week plus laboratory classes
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2102 & MECH ENG 2002
    Restrictions BE (Mechanical & Sports)
    Course Description Sports equipment is an integral part of sportive activity. Sophisticated and innovative design enhances the performance of athletes and prevents injuries. Equipment customised for elite athletes may provide a competitive edge. Sports and exercise equipment sales account for approximately 35% of the global sporting goods market, whilst sports apparel comprises 50% and athletic footwear 15%. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of sports equipment design and technology for competitive purposes, including customisation and legal principles of design within the rules.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ryan Quarrington

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Discuss the design, properties and testing of sports equipment;
    2 Explain the concepts of designing sports shoes, sports surfaces, racquets, bats and clubs;
    3 Explain the principles of equipment performance and matching;
    4 Design sports equipment based on the rules of governing sporting bodies;
    5 Demonstrate the capablity of designing protective equipment;
    6 Calculate mechanical properties of equipment;
    7 Explain principles of quantification of performance and optimisation of training with sports biomechanics methods;
    8 Explain the principles of holistic innovation of sports equipment;
    9 Design customised sports equipment for elite athletes;
    10 Test sports equipment.

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-10
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-5, 7-10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1-4, 8-10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-6, 8, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3-5, 8-10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1-3, 5, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    In addition to the resources provided by the University of Adelaide’s Library service, access to the following texts will be highly beneficial throughout this course:

    Grimshaw, P. N., Lees, A., Fowler, N., and Burden, A. (2007) Instant notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. Taylor and Francis, London. ISBN – 1 8599 6284 X.

    Hong, Y., editor (2002) International Research in Sports Biomechanics. Routledge Publishers, New York. ISBN – 0415262302.

    Subic, A. J. and Haake, S. J., editors (2000) The Engineering of Sport: research, development and innovation. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, UK. ISBN – 0-632-055634.

    Payton, C. and Bartlett, R. (2007) Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in sport and exercise. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-43469-0

    Kreighbaum and Smith (1996) Sports and Fitness equipment design. Human Kinetics Publishers. ISBN 0-87322-695-X

    Nørstrud H.: Sport Aerodynamics. Springer, Berlin, 2008.

    John G et al.: Stadia, a design and development guide; 4th ed., Architectural Press/Elsevier, Oxford, 2007.

    Recommended Resources
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    • Assignment 1 (10%) - Design of instrumented apparatus for sports engineering application (due Wk 5)
    • Lab 1 (10%) - Operation and calibration of a load cell (Lab in Wk 5, report due Sunday end of Wk 6)
    • Assignment 2 (10%) - TBC (due Wk 10)
    • Lab 2 (10%) - Sports balls materials and CoR (Lab in Wk 9, report due end of Wk 11)
    • Group Assignment (20%) - Group presentations on an issue related to sports engineering (due/presented in Wk 12)
    • Final exam (40%)
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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