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Unit rationale, description and aim

Constant evolution of tactics and strategic innovations in the international sport industry means that performance analysis is a sought-after skill in many high performance settings. To be effective performance analysts need to understand the contexts, requirements and demands from the past, present and future of the discipline. Furthermore, the ability to understand what performance entails, the factors that determine it and the methods for identifying, monitoring and influencing it are critical. However, before acquiring advanced skills in the collection and analysis of performance data an understanding of fundamental theoretical performance analysis perspectives is crucial. Also important is the ability to identify the determinants of performance (including perspectives of the performers themselves), to distinguish performance analysis needs, to guide effective enquiry and the capacity to plan and execute basic performance analyses. These fundamental skills are applicable in all performance analysis settings regardless of the resources available. As such, the aim of this unit is to provide students with the historical, present and future perspectives of the performance analysisdiscipline, to facilitate understanding of the key theoretical perspectives, to develop the ability to identify the determinants of performance and to plan and execute basic performance analyses.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Define performance analysis and state the past, present and future directions of the discipline and its theoretical foundations and approaches (GA2, GA6) 

LO2 - Define performance and identify its determinants within various sporting contexts (GA2, GA6) 

LO3 - Understand and explain the requirements of a performance analysis plan including its aim, rationale (incorporating a theoretical framework) protocols, resources and reporting expectations (GA6, GA9) 

LO4 - Perform a performance analysis including data collection, results interpretation, reporting and critical review of the process and outcomes (GA6, GA9) 

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


Topics will include: 


  • What is performance analysis? 
  • How has performance analysis evolved? 
  • How did it come to be its own discipline of enquiry? 
  • Where is performance analysis heading? 
  • Future trends, influence of technology, big data etc. 
  • Performance what is it and what contributes to it? 
  • Sports Analytics 
  • Is performance analysis a competitive advantage? 
  • How can you determine competitive advantage? 
  • Performance analysis as a problem solving tool. 
  • Tactics and strategy in sport. 
  • Analysis and interpretation of team and individual based sports 
  • Does momentum exist? 
  • Performance profiling and monitoring. 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Learning and teaching strategies include active learning, case-based learning, web-based learning and reflective/critical thinking activities, delivered over 12 weeks. This range of strategies, delivered fully online, will guide students from understanding the historical and theoretical approach to analysis of certain sports, through identification of the determinants of performance in various sporting context to the capacity to develop and implement basic performance analyses. By completing the prescribed assessments students will have the fundamental framework for setting up a performance analysis environment in many different contexts. It is also expected students will develop skills in critical reflection facilitating effective review and response when required. These strategies will allow students to meet the aim, learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the unit. Learning and teaching strategies will reflect respect for the individual as an independent learner. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning.  


Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to best enable students to achieve unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes, standards-based assessment is utilised, consistent with University assessment requirements. A cohesive sequence of assessments have been designed to facilitate attainment of the unit learning outcomes in the context of the unit learning and teaching strategy and rationale and the course aims. Assessments will help students develop knowledge, understanding and ability in key areas of performance analysis which can be applied in the many and varied performance analysis contexts found globally.  

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Historical overview and needs analysis: 

Enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the performance analysis discipline, the past, present and future performance analysis perspectives of, and theoretical approaches to, certain sports and the ability to identify the determinants of performance in those sports 



GA2, GA6 

Performance Analysis Plan: 

Enables students to plan a performance analysis scenario identifying the aims and rationale (including theoretical approach) for the analysis, developing the required resources, determining the reporting requirements and understanding the impact for other stakeholders 



GA2, GA6, GA9 

Conduct a Performance Analysis: 

Enables students to implement a pen and paper based performance analysis by executing the previously developed plan, capturing and interpreting data and reporting the outcomes. Students will also reflect on the entire assessment process, critically analysing their approach and identifying strengths and areas for improvement. 


LO1,LO2, LO3, LO4 

GA2GA6, GA9 

Representative texts and references

McGarry, T., O'Donoghue, P., Sampaio, A., & Sampaio, J. (2013). Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis. London, UK: Routledge. 

Hughes, M., & Franks, I. (2007) The Essentials of Performance Analysis: An Introduction. New York, NY: Routledge. Hughes, M., & Franks, I. (2004) Notational Analysis of Sport: Systems for Better Coaching and Performance in Sport (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. 

International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. Cardiff, UK: University of Wales Institute. 

Kormelink, H., & Seeverens, T. (1999) Match Analysis and Game Preparation. Spring City, PA: Reedswain. 


Course Identifier   Master of High Performance Sport; Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport; Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis. 

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