SSEH2240 Motor Learning and Control

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Sport Science; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.

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 Brendan Lay
Unit rules
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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