MECH ENG 3107 - Sports Engineering II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 3107 Course Sports Engineering II Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week 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. The course addresses the entire range of contemporary competitive equipment in conjunction with sport biomechanics, athletic performance and injury prevention.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Medwell
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Course Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, students should:
1 Have a good understanding of the design, properties and testing of sports equipment; 2 Understand the concepts of designing sports shoes, sports surfaces, racquets, bats and clubs; 3 Understand the principles of equipment performance and matching; 4 Be capable of designing sports equipment based on the rules of governing sporting bodies; 5 Be capable of designing protective equipment; 6 Be able to calculate mechanical properties of equipment; 7 Understand principles of quantification of performance and optimisation of training with sports biomechanics methods; 8 Understand the principles of holistic innovation of sports equipment; 9 Be capable of customising sports equipment for elite athletes; 10 Understand the principles of expert witness reports; 11 Have had experience with testing of sports equipment.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6,11 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10,11 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,3,4,5,9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,3,4,5,7,9,10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,8,11 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3,4,8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,8,10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,4,5,8,9,10
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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will primarily involve combined lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes, students are expected to spend an appropriate amount of time acquiring knowledge pertinent to the course, working on assessments and tutorials, and preparing for and attending examinations.
Learning Activities SummaryIntroduction and Overview
- Overview of sports disciplines, equipment and rules
- History of the development of sports equipment
- Equipment and Energy
Sports Equipment Technology
- Sports Shoes, design systematic and concepts
- Sports Surfaces (gymnastic floors, tracks, artificial and natural turf; design, properties and testing)
- Sport Balls – design, performance, testing and consistency of manufacturing (golf, cricket, baseball, tennis, soccer, rugby, basketball, hockey balls, ten-pin bowling)
- Racquets, Bats and Clubs - design, performance, vibrations, testing (tennis, badminton, cricket, baseball, golf, hockey)
- Skis and snowboards (design, properties and testing)
- Protective Equipment (mats, PPE, striking shields, ski safety barriers, buoyancy aids; impact, cushioning, energy absorption; design, properties and testing)
- Mountaineering Equipment (ropes, rope brakes, chalk; design, properties and testing)
- Bicycles (design, properties and testing)
- Ice skates, Bobsleigh, and Skeleton
- Athletics Equipment (javelin, discus and vaulting poles; design, properties and testing)
- Archery (bow and arrows; design, properties and testing)
- Equipment for Disability Sport (racing wheelchairs, running prostheses; design, properties and testing)
- Holistic Innovation of sports equipment
- Introduction to Sports Biomechanics (applications, profession)
- Sports Performance
- Biomechanics of selected sports disciplines (weight lifting, sprinting, jumping, pole vaulting, martial arts, skiing, golf)
- Sports Injuries (biomechanics, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation)
- Rules, standards, and technical specification of sports equipment
- Principles of Expert Witness Reports
- Interpretation of equipment-related rules for legal purposes
- Legal and illegal advantage through equipment
- Legal bending of rules for equipment design
- Change of rules and re-design of equipment
- Case reports (equipment and sports biomechanics)
A detailed course programme and timetable will be provided.
Specific Course Requirements
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Assessment for Sports Engineering II (MECH ENG 3107) will consist of tutorials, assignments, laboratories, a group project and a final exam. A detailed break-down of the assessment will be provided.
Assessment Related Requirements
Attendance at laboratory sessions (to be advised) is mandatory.
Details of the assessment tasks will be provided.
All assessable material will need to be submitted by the nominated due dates (to be advised). Late submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day.
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
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