SP5003 - Introduction to Performance Analysis

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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?

The module tutor will be available on email throughout the taught semester to answer any questions regarding the lecture content or assessment. Tutorials can be booked to go through areas to clarify any issues. After each lecture, the member of staff will be available for any questions to be answered. The practical laboratory sessions will be in small groups enabling conversations and discussions to take place in a more informal setting than the lecture theatre and students are encouraged to communicate and engage with the tutor to clarify any issues or misunderstanding for tasks.

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:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of performance analysis and understand how this information should be communicated to result in a performance enhancement (KU 1, 3, IPSA 1)
2. collect video data, analyse the video to produce statiscal information, interpret and feedback the findings in a manner which is objective, consistent and reliable (KU1, 2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. contribute and work as a team to a group project, as well as work independently (IPSA 2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. to collect and analysis data using morally and ethical behaviour (PVA 1)
2. implement a curious and questioning approach to your own data analysis (PVA 2)

How will I be assessed?

You will have the opportunity in each practical laboratory session to perform tasks using the performance analysis software and then have to verbally feedback either your findings or reflections of the processes you have used (All MLO’s). You will then receive formative feedback from the tutor on this.

The summative assessment involved both individual and group work (IPSA 1) and requires you to design a project which involves collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting the findings (KU 2). This project must be performed in a morally and ethical manner (PVA 1).

The individual written report requires creativity and a questioning approach to the data findings to interpret the results and then present the data in a novel manner (PVA 2).

Both verbal and written skills are assessed summatively and feedback provided on both in the form of mark awarded and general comments regarding the presentation or report (KU 1).





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. The different analysis methods, feedback considerations, working with the coach and athletes and validity and reliability issues will be covered. Each week there will be taught sessions and practicals which will enable theory to be put into practice. Guest lectures from local professional sports teams will come in to show the career options in the field and help you understand the real-world importance of the discipline in sport science. 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.

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Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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