Course Title: Advanced Performance Analysis and Prescription

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Performance Analysis and Prescription

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Noel Lythgo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6518

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.19

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

In this course you will be provided with an opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge of performance analysis in both team and individual sports performance.  You will have an increased understanding of the importance of performance analysis in both elite and sub-elite sporting environments, and how you can modify your approach dependent on the environment you are working in.  You will also develop an understanding of how to provide feedback to coaches and/or athletes on performance, and different approaches that are required to convey this information.  Practical classes will be designed to provide hands-on opportunities to explore the broad range of approaches to performance analysis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296 Exercise and Sport Science:

  1. Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  2. Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  3. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  4. Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4)
  5. Assess exercise clients using valid and reliable methods, and generate reports in an appropriate format (PLO5).
  6. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO7).

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1. Identify and apply various approaches to both team and individual performance analysis
  • CLO 2. Evaluate the differences between software packages available for use in performance analysis
  • CLO 3. Write a report for a coach and/or athlete related to their individual and/or team performance
  • CLO 4. Use a number of software packages to complete a team and/or individual performance assessment
  • CLO 5. Recognise implications of a multi-disciplinary approach required to complete successful performance assessments

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and applications will be presented and illustrated in lectures designed to give you the background knowledge of the topic being covered.  Opportunities to extend on this knowledge will be provided in practical classes which will be designed to maximise your hands on experience using the different performance analysis approaches.  Assessment task will allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the course.  

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Two to four hours per week for one semester comprising practical face-to-face sessions.  In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the course blackboard site on myRMIT studies, which includes announcements, course documents, a discussion board and other learning resources. This site will contain any prescribed readings that will assist in your understanding of the course content.  The RMIT library contains a number of relevant books on the topic of performance analysis. 

The Exercise Science Program Guide (URL: provides useful references. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance. 

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: GPS Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Sportscode Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Presentation

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5