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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc/BEng (Hons) Sports Technology (Students undertaking Part C in 2020)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Final award BSc / BSc + DIS / BSc + DPS / BEng / BEng + DIS / BEng + DPS
Programme title Sports Technology
Programme code WSUB05
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake the additional period of study, normally between Parts B and C, leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies or the Diploma in Professional Studies.
UCAS code CH67/HC76
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:38:23 BST

1. Programme Aims

Sports Technology programme aims to:


  • A1.   Develop graduates with a detailed knowledge and understanding of sport-related product design, manufacture and test, human performance and business studies.
  • A2.   Develop graduates with the ability to conduct research and design in sports technology and solve associated problems using both established and contemporary ideas and techniques.
  • A3.   Produce graduates with the analytical and transferable skills that will enable employment in a wide variety of professions and to make a valuable contribution to society.
  • A4.   Support graduates to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.
  • A5.   Provide graduates with an appreciation of the essential practical, commercial and broader societal aspects of engineering.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Oct 2019). 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK-SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan.2014. 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • K1.   the underpinning science, mathematics and other disciplines associated with careers related to the design of sports / engineering equipment;
  • K2.   the characteristics of engineering materials, equipment and processes and an awareness of basic mechanical workshop practices;
  • K3.   the role of instrumentation and measurement techniques within equipment evaluation and experimental protocol design;
  • K4.   principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design;
  • K5.   ergonomic and aesthetic considerations and how they impact on sports design;
  • K6.   the variability in human performance capability and methods of evaluation including fitness and training principles relating to sport and exercise;
  • K7.   principles governing the mechanics and biomechanics of sports movements;
  • K8.   the role of information technology in providing support of product design and manufacturing;
  • K9.   management techniques and business practices and the commercial and economic context of a sports / engineering business;
  • K10.  intellectual property issues and environmental, legal and ethical issues within the modern industrial world.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able:

  • C1.   identify and define a design or sports engineering problem and generate innovative solutions;
  • C2.   analyse, objectively evaluate and apply the principles of industrial design, and engineering design;
  • C3.   utilise the principles of engineering science in the development of solutions to problems;
  • C4.   apply appropriate methods to model such solutions;
  • C5.   apply biomechanics to the analysis of movement in sport;
  • C6.   demonstrate an awareness of form, function, fit, aesthetics, environment and safety;
  • C7.   select and apply appropriate IT tools to product design and manufacture problems;
  • C8.   evaluate commercial risk and market trends within the sports sector
  • C9.   apply general marketing principles to the sports sector.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able:

  • P1.   research information, generate and evaluate product design ideas;
  • P2.   communicate design ideas through the presentation of concept drawings, computer graphics and conventional sketching;
  • P3.   prepare engineering drawings and technical reports;
  • P4.   test design concepts via practical investigation;
  • P5.   use appropriate computer software and laboratory equipment;
  • P6.   use measurement and test equipment to complete experimental laboratory work and collect mechanical and biomechanical data;
  • P7.   use a variety of observation and test methods to appraise human function and movement
  • P8.   present technical and business information in a variety of ways;
  • P9.   manage the design process taking account of customer constraints such as cost, health and safety, risk and environmental issues.


c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able:

  • T1.   generate and manipulate data;
  • T2.   apply creative, structured and evidence-based approaches to problem solving;
  • T3.   communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • T4.   organise and manage time and resources to meet deadlines;
  • T5.   work effectively both in a team and independently;
  • T6.   demonstrate organisational and management skills.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

 Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

Code Title Credits
MAA307 Engineering Mathematics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSA401 Product Design (Ergonomics & Visualisation) (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSA502 Applied Sports Technology 1 (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules  (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA400 Application of CAD for Engineering Designers 10
WSA602 Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing Processes 10
PSA028 Biomechanics of Sport 10

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA700 Measurement Principles 10
WSA701 Mechanical Design in Sport 10
WSA900 Electronic and Electrical Technology 1 10


4.2    Part B - Degree Modules 

 Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB302 Engineering Computation for Sports Technology (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSB502 Applied Sports Technology 2 (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSB503 Application of Product Design in Sports (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20

 Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB701 Measurement and Experimental Design 10
WSB700 Sports Good Design, Manufacture and Test 10
BSB520 Principles of Marketing for Sport & Leisure 10

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
MAB206 Statistics 10
PSB002 Structural Kinesiology 10
PSB028 Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics 10


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year 


Code Title
WSI010 Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (non-credit bearing)

For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), Part I will be followed between Parts B and C and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.


4.4    Part C - Degree Modules

Students MUST choose 20 credits of optional modules in Semester One

Students MUST choose 30 credits of optional modules in Semester Two

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (40 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC500 Individual Project (Sem 1: 20 credits; Sem 2: 20 Credits) 40

Optional Modules

Code Title Credits
PSC028 Advanced Sports Biomechanics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
PSC100 Science and Elite Performance in Sport (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10
WSC701 Sports Surfaces, Footwear and Garments 10

Optional Modules (students should select modules totalling 20 credits)

Code  Title   Credits
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10
WSC602 Sustainable Engineering 10
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10
WSC201 Organisation Structure & Strategy 10
WSC400 Design for Assembly 10
WSC401 Design Methods and Communication 10

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (10 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC702 Sport Equipment Industry 10

Optional Modules (students should select modules totalling 30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC203 Manufacturing Planning & Control 10
WSC204 Management of the Human Resource 10
WSC300 Advanced Computer Aided Design 10
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10
MPC012 Polymer Engineering - Processing and Manufacture 10


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX. 

To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 100 credits in each part with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 10 percentage points below the usual pass mark.

Students may choose to receive the award of BSc or BEng.



6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Part B and Part C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The overall average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40: Part C 60, to determine the degree classification.

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