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PHSE531 Sports Technology

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Extends the principles of sports technology at an advanced level, with independent topical study. Considers how various applications of technology have influenced sport and physical activity.

This paper considers how various applications of technology have influenced the way that sport is played today and possibly in the future. Students will consider new and emerging ways in which athletic behaviour can be measured and modified. Students will be required to critique the relationship of sport and technology from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Paper title Sports Technology
Paper code PHSE531
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 202
PHSE 329
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Students with equivalent approved experience may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator and lecturer: Associate Professor Chris Button
Paper Structure
A combination of stimulus lectures, seminar discussions, practical workshops and offsite visits will be used.

The range of topics that the paper typically covers includes:
  • Ethics of sport technology
  • Sports and fitness equipment
  • Clothing, technologies of the body
  • Nutrition and doping
  • Officiating
  • Practice-enhancing technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Industry applications of sport technology
Ross, S. (2008). Higher, Further, Faster: Is Technology Improving Sport? John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

A supplementary reading list will be provided in the course manual, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture.
Course outline
The course outline will be available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  1. Be able to critically appraise how technology has changed the way sport is played, watched and marketed
  2. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary, international perspective to knowledge
  3. Be aware of relevant ethical and cultural issues
  4. Understand the relationship of science, technology and innovation to the market environment
  5. Show oral and written communication skills involving an ability to communicate formally and informally with a wide range of people
  6. Show team-working skills, including the ability to work effectively in teams

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system