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Unit Overview


This unit examines the nature of human motor skill including sensory inputs, central decision mechanisms and outputs. How this process is controlled to produce efficient and coordinated action is examined under both cognitive and dynamical systems approaches. The development of motor skill is also examined, with an emphasis on qualitative analysis of fundamental motor skills. The structuring of effective learning experiences is examined from a coaching, pedagogic and rehabilitation perspective. Laboratory classes allow an in-depth exploration of the key issues within motor learning and motor control and seek to maximise student understanding of the practical applications of the theoretical content within human movement settings.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the structure and understand key aspects of neurophysiology related to movement control; (2) recall and explain theories of motor control; (3) adapt acquired knowledge concerning the observation and evaluation of fundamental and applied motor skills to practical movement settings; (4) determine and apply various instruction and feedback methods, and critically evaluate their impact on skill learning; and (5) understand limitations to human performance with respect to memory and attentional limitations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examinations (60 per cent); (2) laboratory classes (30 per cent); and (3) practical classes (10 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brendan Lay
Unit rules

Enrolment in
MJD-SEHDM Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or MJD-SPTSC Sport Science
and Successful completion of
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human

Enrolment in
CM017 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Public Health
or CM018 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or CM019 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Applied Human Performance Science

or with permission of the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 250—students enrolled in the Sport Science major and Exercise and Health major to be admitted first
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week
lab sessions: 1 x 2 hours per fortnight for 12 weeks from week 2
practical sessions: 1 x 1 hour per week for 12 weeks from week 2

Magill, R. and Anderson, D. Motor Learning and Control, 11th edn: McGraw-Hill 2016


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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.