Performance Analysis for Elite Sports


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the different techniques employed within performance analysis in elite sports and to collect and analyse data recorded by different industry standard techniques. Within the module, you will be actively engaged in the practical application of analysis tools to collect performance analysis data that will develop skills that enable you to record and report performance data.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : an understanding of performance analysis in elite sport and the collection of data, analysis and its use in different sports.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate the different performance analysis techniques used in the analysis of elite sport.

2.  Collect performance metrics using a variety of techniques.

3.  Analyse data effectively, identifying key performance metrics

4.  Interpret and evaluate performance metrics and recommend appropriate actions and interventions.

Indicative Content

1 Video Analysis

Students will explore and use video capture and notational analysis to measure performance within elite sport.

2 GPS Systems

Students will explore and use GPS technologies to measure match and training demand within elite sport.

3 Field Testing in Elite Sport

Students will explore and use field based testing to look at establishing ecologically valid assessment of elite athlete performance.

4 Biomechanical Analysis in Elite Sport

Students will explore and use biomechanical based testing to analyse performance of individual and team-based sports. Focus will be given to selecting and adapting appropriate measurements for specific sports.

5 Consider appropriate dissemination techniques

Students will explore multiple methods of how to effectively present and disseminate information gathered via the different modes of performance analysis for a variety of audiences.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. This module particularly focuses on the aspect of the Intellectual; understanding how the subject is evolving while critically evaluating information and identifying information gaps. The aspect of Professional is also focused on; problems solving, tackling complex issues, and focused on continued learning and professional development. A significant proportion of contact time will be provided in the form of small group discussions and practical activities where students will relate taught materials to their own experiences in sport and exercise. This focus on self-directed learning and students own experiences will encourage the application of knowledge to real life situations and the ability understand and evaluate the links between the two. Assessment will focus on not just the content knowledge but will emphasises the ability to apply performance analysis within an elite setting.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 24
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 122

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.