UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Exercise and Health major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design 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, 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 learn how the environment can impact acquisition or improvement of movement skills through their practical involvement in Paediatric Exercise Programs. Students conduct a literature search using library and web-based tools, regarding factors that influence or impact on movement development, design and implement a movement skill intervention, and present their findings in written format.
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 weeks 10-22.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SSEH3345/SEM-1/2017
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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