Introduction to Performance Analysis

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
11 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of performance analysis.

Students will be introduced to a range of concepts and learn how to apply these to sport in order to provide effective performance analysis support.

Practical workshops are embedded throughout the module, to provide hands-on experience of software, processes and techniques employed in the field.

Students will also gain an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary use of performance analysis, and develop the necessary skills to communicate effectively with athletes, coaches, and the wider sports science team.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to various performance analysis concepts and techniques to broaden their knowledge of the discipline.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Identify, describe, and apply different methods of performance analysis.
2. Operationally define, evaluate and justify key performance indicators from their respective sports.
3. Apply industry-relevant software to design an appropriate tagging panel to analyse sporting performance.
4. Describe and apply processes to ensure intra and inter reliability within data collection.
5. Describe contemporary issues in performance analysis.
6. Coherently present ideas in written and oral format.

Module information

Indicative syllabus:

module overview and introduction to performance analysis
notational analysis and key performance indicators
needs analysis
data collection and reliability issues
multi-disciplinary use of performance analysis
practical 1: filming and live analysis
performance profiling
practical 2: filming and live analysis
effective communication skills
voluntary support class
importance of data visualisation
voluntary support class
contemporary issues in performance analysis
assessment presentations

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered in-person only, and include a mixture of lectures, laboratory and practical sessions, as well as voluntary support sessions. More specifically: 9 x 1 hour lectures 9 x 1 hour lab 2 x 2 hours practical 2 x 1 hour voluntary support sessions


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral Presentation Slides     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alice Harkness-Armstrong, email:
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 56 hours, 5 (8.9%) hours available to students:
35 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
16 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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