SSEH4654 Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Sport Science, Exercise and Health [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
The issues addressed include advanced theories in motor control and skill acquisition concerning measurement of movement, central and sensory contributions to movement control, postural control and locomotion, motor decline with ageing and what students can learn from studying expert performers.
Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge and capability to critically analyse movement, motor skill learning and the different approaches to their measurement and (2) demonstrate an understanding of motor control theories underpinning movement control and skill acquisition and the application to movement assessment and intervention through reviewing literature for class presentations and their research project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) student presentations (15 per cent); (2) a research project with a written component (30 per cent); (3) an oral component (15 per cent); and (4) an examination (40 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brendan Lay
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours
postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health;
the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);
the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
Advisable prior study:
SSEH2240 Motor Learning and Control (formerly HMES2240); SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development (formerly HMES3345 Motor Skill Development); SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction (formerly HMES3385 Human Movement and Disability)
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 2 hours per week; plus project work
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  • 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.
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