SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Exercise and Health major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
Lectures cover a wide range of topics including prenatal motor development, the transition from reflexes to voluntary control in infancy, development of locomotion, language, intrinsic control and handedness, fundamental movement skills, and the changes occurring during adolescence leading up to what is often considered our 'motor peak'. The lectures then shift to examine the decline in motor function occurring during the latter phases of the life span. Students are exposed to the observation and assessment of movement patterns, along with the design and delivery of a developmentally appropriate movement based program for a child through practical involvement in the Paediatric Exercise Programs based at UWA.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge and skills in the underlying changes occurring during the lifespan and how they impact motor behaviour; (2) understand the factors that can change acquisition and performance of movement; (3) develop skills in the observation and measurement of aspects of motor development; and (4) conduct research and reporting.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) practical assessment and (2) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in the last 48 points of their Bachelor of Science majoring in Exercise and Health.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Melissa Licari
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any level 2 SSEH unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 1 hour for the first 6 weeks; practicals: 2 hours per week for weeks 2–12
Recommended
reading

Gallahue, D. L. and Ozmun, J. C. Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults, 7th edn: McGraw Hill 2012

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