The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Motor control encompasses an area of study that explains how we coordinate and control voluntary movement. This course explores the underlying neurophysiology of motor control and the concepts and processes that underpin controlled movement. Students gain a greater understanding of the structure of the nervous system and how it affects motor control following the completion of this course. In addition, students gain a better understanding of how motor performance can be measured and of the associated theories and concepts that underpin the control of voluntary movement such as attention, memory and sensory information.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design tests to assess various aspects of motor performance;

2. Describe the structure and function of the neuromuscular and sensory systems as they relate to motor control and learning;

3. Describe common theoretical models proposed to explain motor control;

4. Apply motor control concepts in health, exercise, and sporting contexts;

5. Integrate knowledge of and skills in motor control with other sub disciplines of exercise science;

6. Work in small groups to produce reports.


•       Classification of motor skills

•       Measurement of motor performance

•       Structure/function of the nervous system as it relates to motor control

•       Theories of motor control

•       The role of vision, touch and proprioception in motor control

•       Action Preparation and Planning

•       Influence of attention capacity and memory on motor control


This course replaces SPOR2060. If you have successfully completed SPOR2060 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology 1

EXSS1010 or SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Class Examination: Formal

In Term Test: Mid semester examination - Laboratory Exercises

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 80% of the scheduled laboratories to ensure practical skill competency is demonstrated within the course. If a student cannot meet the compulsory requirement of 80% attendance they must apply for adverse circumstances with supporting documentation for non-attendance.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in the course students must complete a compulsory laboratory induction and WH&S induction including testing equipment usage and emergency evacuation procedures.

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