Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition


Motor learning and skill acquisition encompass an area of study that explains how we acquire new movement skills. This course explores the processes of neuromotor control, skill acquisition and skill retention. Students are taught how to assess motor skill proficiency and design training programs that optimise the quality and speed of skill acquisition. Particular emphasis is placed on motor learning and skill development, such that students will understand the processes behind skill acquisition that are relevant to the role of the exercise and sports scientist.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the processes and theories that underpin motor learning

2. Promote critical thinking by reflecting on the strengths and limitations of motor control research/theories

3. Assess motor function using the appropriate measurements in a sporting, health and exercise context

4. Understand how to manipulate a motor learning environment to optimize motor learning

5. Work together in small groups


  • Basic Concepts in Motor Learning
  • Stages of Motor Learning
  • Transfer of Learning
  • Demonstration and Verbal Instruction
  • Augmented Feedback
  • Practice Variability and Specificity
  • Amount and Distribution of Practice
  • Whole and Part Practice
  • Mental Practice


This course replaces SPOR3070. If you have successfully completed SPOR3070 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1, and HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2; or BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology I, and HUBS1418 Human Physiology for Exercise Science EXSS1010 or SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science EXSS2060 Motor Control or SPOR2060 Motor Control and Learning

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Presentation: Essays/Written Assignments Group Presentation

In Term Test: Examination: Class (Mid-Semester)

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term