Code Number LUBS152001
© UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
(Semester 2, 2019/2020)
LUBS152001 Introduction to Sports Analytics
This assessed coursework requires a report on either (a) identifying the critical success factors (CSFs), or (b) rating the overall performance of players across a playing season, based on the statistical analysis of performance data in a specific team sport. The report should detail the results of the analysis as well as discussing the implications for coaches.
- You can investigate the CSFs in either football (i.e. soccer) or rugby union using either of the following two datasets:
- Football: FA Premier League, 2015-16 season contained in an Excel workbook, FA Premier League 2015-16 Match Data.xlsx
- Rugby Union: Aviva Premiership 2017-18 regular season, contained in an Excel workbook, Premiership 2017-18 Match Data.xlsx
- You can investigate player ratings using either of the following dataset:
- Football: FA Premier League, 2015-16 season contained in an Excel workbook, FA Premier League 2015-16 Outfield Player Data.xlsx
- Rugby Union: Aviva Premiership 2017-18, contained in an Excel workbook, Premiership 2017-18 Player Data.xlsx
All four datasets are available on MINERVA in the ACW Folder in Learning Resources for this module.
The report should follow the following format:
- Executive Summary: a concise summary of your key findings.
- Introduction: a short introduction setting out your research objectives.
- Evidence: the presentation of the results of your statistical analysis on which your key findings are based.
- Implications: a discussion of the implications for coaches.
- Technical Details: a summary of data and other evidential sources (if relevant), definitions of constructed variables, analytical methods used and any other relevant technical details.
Your report should use tables and figures as appropriate as well as text to present the results of your analysis. These should be included in the Evidence section. No appendices are required, and any material provided in appendices will not contribute to the final mark.
ACW Marking Scheme
Exploratory data analysis
Analysis of critical success factors
Statistical evaluation (e.g. t tests)
(b) Player Ratings
Specification and justification of rating system
Individual player ratings
Sensitivity analysis of alternative rating systems
Total = 100%
Note: Presentation includes structure/format of the report, clarity of expression, grammar and spelling.
Your report will be rated on each success criterion using a six-point scale from 0 (very poor) to 6 (exceptional). The overall mark will be a weighted average of the ratings subject to any adjustment required by University marking regulations (e.g. any penalties for late submission or excessive word length).
Assignments should be a maximum of 3,000 words in length.
All coursework assignments that contribute to the assessment of a module are subject to a word limit, as specified in the online module handbook in the relevant module area of the MINERVA. The word limit is an extremely important aspect of good academic practice and must be adhered to. Unless stated specifically otherwise in the relevant module handbook, the word count includes EVERYTHING (i.e. all text in the main body of the assignment including summaries, subtitles, contents pages, tables, supportive material whether in footnotes or in-text references) except the main title, reference list and/or bibliography and any appendices. It is not acceptable to present matters of substance, which should be included in the main body of the text, in the appendices (“appendix abuse”). It is not acceptable to attempt to hide words in graphs and diagrams; only text which is strictly necessary should be included in graphs and diagrams.
You are required to adhere to the word limit specified and state an accurate word count on the cover page of your assignment brief. Your declared word count must be accurate and should not mislead. Making a fraudulent statement concerning the work submitted for assessment could be considered academic malpractice and investigated as such. If the amount of work submitted is higher than that specified by the word limit or that declared on your word count, this may be reflected in the mark awarded and noted through individual feedback given to you.
The deadline date for this assignment is 12:00:00 noon on Tuesday 12th May 2020.
An electronic copy of the assignment must be submitted to the Assignment Submission area within the module resource on the Blackboard MINERVA website no later than 12:00:00 noon prompt on the deadline date.
Faxed, emailed or hard copies of the assignment will not be accepted.
Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to complete the online submission process, as upload times can vary. Accessing the submission link before the deadline does NOT constitute completion of submission. You MUST click the ‘CONFIRM’ button before 12:00:00 noon for your assignment to be classed as submitted on time, if not you will need to submit to the Late Area and your assignment will be marked as late. It is your responsibility to ensure you upload the correct file to the MINERVA, and that it has uploaded successfully.
It is important that any file submitted follows the conventions stated below:
The name of the file that you upload must be your student ID only.
During the submission process the system will ask you to enter the title of your submission. This should also be your student ID only.
The first page of your assignment should always be the Assessed Coursework Coversheet (individual), which is available to download from the following location: https://students.business.leeds.ac.uk/forms-guidance-and-coversheets/
You should NOT include your name anywhere on your assignment
Appendix: Level 1 Marking Criteria