Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition

Course code SPOR3070Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Motor learning, motor control, and skill acquisition encompasses an area of study that explains how we coordinate the movement of our limbs and how we acquire new movement skills. This course explores the underlying neuroanatomy of motor control and the fundamental concepts and 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 sport scientist.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2012, 2011
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- State the distinction between motor skill and ability;
- Explain a variety of established theories of motor control;
- Assess and categorise motor skills using multidimensional models;
- Define the role of visual and other sensory inputs in movement coordination;
- Describe the limitations to skill acquisition and retention;
- Design a movement skill training program that reflects the latest understanding on training methodology;
- Assess the performance of and errors associated with a motor skill in terms of range of motion, speed of movement, muscle activation and coordination;
- Cooperate successfully as part of a research group.
Content- Measurement and classification of motor skill and performance
- Motor learning: theories and stages
- Process of skill acquisition
- Demonstration, instructions and feedback
- Practice Conditions
- Theories of motor control
- Vision, touch and proprioception
- Action Preparation and Planning
- Memory and attention
Replacing Course(s)SPOR2060 Motor Control and Learning
TransitionSPOR2060 is not to count with SPOR3070.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1
HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2
SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

Student are advised that also undertaking PSYC2400 Biological Psychology would be beneficial to their studies.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term