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SPEX311 Sports Technology

How various applications of technology have influenced the way that sport is played. Students will be required to critique the relationship of sport and technology from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Paper title Sports Technology
Paper code SPEX311
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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Prerequisite
SPEX 202 or PHSE 202
Restriction
PHSE 329, PHSE 531
Schedule C
Science
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:  fairness and the paradox of modern sport; materials and equipment technologies; clothing and exercise monitoring; technologies of the body; practice-enhancing technologies; officiating and media; doping; sports media and international trends; motion analysis; and sport technology in industry.

Teaching Arrangements
  1. Materials: Lecture objectives and notes will be provided electronically (on Blackboard) at least 24 hours before every lecture. They will list the learning outcomes of the lecture and provide copies of complex diagrams and space for you to write notes.  
  2. Web resources: Material to support your learning, such as audiovisual aids and computer-assisted learning packages, will be provided on Blackboard.  There will also be useful web-based resources (e.g. videos, websites) posted regularly. There is also a discussion board for you to ask questions of tutors and other students.  
     
Contact

chris.button@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Chris Button
Guest Lecturers: Peter Lamb, Mark Falcous

Textbooks

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. 

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Provide a historical overview of changing sport technologies and predict some likely directions for sports technology to develop in the future
  • Critically appraise how technology has changed the ways in which sport and exercise are participated, watched and marketed
  • Debate the ethics/fairness of the role of technology in modern sport and provide a balanced analysis of how technology can impact upon sports performance
  • Demonstrate a range of effective communication and presentation skills (e.g. verbal, written, individual and group presentations)
  • Develop independent learning skills and demonstrate creative problem solving

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-39
A2 Friday 11:00-12:50 29-34, 36-39
A3 Friday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-39

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41