Motor Learning & Skill Acquisition

Course code EXSS3070Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. State the distinction between motor skill and ability
2. Assess and categorise motor skills using multidimensional models
3. Define the role of visual and other sensory inputs in movement coordination
4. Describe the limitations to skill acquisition and retention
5. Design a movement skill training program that reflects the latest understanding on training methodology
6. Assess the performance of and errors associated with a motor skill in terms of range of motion, speed of movement, muscle activation and coordination
7. Cooperate successfully as part of a research group
Content* Measurement and classification of motor skill and performance
* Motor learning: theories and stages
* Transfer of Learning
* Demonstration and Verbal Instruction
* Augmented Feedback
* Practice Variability and Specificity
* Amount and Distribution of Practice
* Whole and Part Practice
* Mental Practice
Replacing Course(s)SPOR3070 Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition.
TransitionCannot count for credit with SPOR3070 Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1
HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2
EXSS1010 or SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS2060 Motor Control or SPOR2060 Motor Control and Learning
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-semester examination
Examination: Formal
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EXSS3070