SP5031 - Introduction to Performance Analysis

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the background to performance analysis in sport. The history of the development of technology and methods of collecting performance analysis data will be covered. Where the discipline fits into the other sport science fields will be explained and how the data can be used for multiple audiences will be shown. The important relationship between the performance analyst and coach will be highlighted and examples used from a range of sports to cement this understanding will used. Factors to remember when collecting, analysing and feeding back analysed information will be outlined and essential processes during the data analysis stage, such as; validity and reliability will be covered. You will learn what it is like to work in the applied performance analysis field with guest lectures from local performance analysts at professional clubs. You will be able to, by the end of the module, understand how to collect, analyse and present objective, reliable performance analysis data which the coach and players can use to infer about their performance and make improvements for future performances.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn the theory and background understanding to the concepts of performance analysis in the lecture environment which will be tutor-led with small group tasks during some weeks. This knowledge will then be put into an applied situation in the practical laboratory sessions where you will take a lead role in performing the analysis of a range of sporting performances. Individually or in pairs you will work through set tasks to show understanding and to apply the theory to practice. You will also learn by group discussions at the end of each laboratory practical session where students will share their reflections on the processes that they have used during the session. This sharing of understanding and knowledge will benefit you in terms of your communication skills but will also enhance your listening and reflection abilities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There is also further academic skills support available from the University Library services.

If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of performance analysis and understand how this information should be communicated to result in a performance enhancement;
2. Collect video data, analyse the video to produce statistical information, interpret and feedback the findings in a manner which is objective, consistent and reliable.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Prepare a written report based on novel data.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. To collect and analysis data using morally and ethical behaviour;
5. Implement a curious and questioning approach to your own data analysis.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required in small groups to collate and analyse match footage which is then written and presented in an individual written report (100%, MLOs KU 1,2; IPSA 3; PVA 4,5). The individual written report requires creativity and a questioning approach to the data findings to interpret the results and present the data in a novel manner. The report will be designed to cover 10 A4 pages (mix of graphics and words; 1000 words as a guide).

Formative Feedback
Formative feedback on your use of relevant analysis tools will be provided during practical workshops.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

The module will provide a comprehensive understanding of the theories and concepts behind performance analysis and will enable you to have a hands on approach to learning in the state of the art performance analysis suite in the sport central laboratories. This module will cover different analysis methods, feedback considerations when working with the coach and athletes, and validity and reliability issues. Each week there will be taught sessions and practicals which will enable theory to be put into practice. The assessment will be student led and encourage team and individual work. Key employability skills will be developed from the use of technology, which is emphasised throughout the module.

Course info

UCAS Code CX65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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