UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces students to problems with motor control and learning that can result from disturbances in neurological function, muscle performance, joint mobility, balance and posture. The related causes, diagnosis, impact on movement and remediation of a variety of disorders and diseases are covered in the lectures, including developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, tics and Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and essential tremor. Movement intervention approaches are discussed in lectures and applied within the context of the Unigym program where students work to improve the movement skills of children with movement-related disorders.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify the causes of common types of movement dysfunction in childhood and adulthood; (2) observe, identify and measure movement problems; (3) develop remedial programs designed to improve motor functioning; and (4) document therapy practices over a 10-week intervention program.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) practical examination; (2) practical manual and report; and (3) 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 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Melissa Licari
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
Approved quota: 80—students enrolled in the Sport Science major and Exercise and Health major to be admitted first
Contact hours lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (weeks 1–6); practicum: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SSEH3385/SEM-2/2017

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