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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 24
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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.