SSEH4654 Advanced Concepts in Motor Control and Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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 or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or 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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  • 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.