Motor Learning & 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 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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


  • 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): SPOR3070. Students who have successfully completed SPOR3070 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS3070.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1403 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

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