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Unit Overview


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.

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

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical examination; (2) practical manual and report; and (3) theory examination. 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 Siobhan Reid
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-SEHDM Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or MJD-EXHSC Exercise and Health
and Successful completion of
Unit(s) SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology

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 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
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
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.