The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Skill acquisition encompasses an area of study that explains how we acquire, adapt, and retain skilled movements. This course emphasises motor skill acquisition and development, such that students will understand the processes behind motor skill acquisition that are relevant to the role of the exercise and sports scientist. By the end of this course, students will have the knowledge and capability to assess motor skill proficiency and design training and development programs that optimise the quality of skill acquisition in a range of exercise and sport contexts.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and assess changes to motor performance that occur with learning, aging, and injury

2. Evaluate theories and models proposed to explain motor learning and skill acquisition;

3. Design learning environments to optimise the acquisition, adaptation, and retention of motor skills in health, exercise, and sporting contexts;

4. Facilitate training activities that adhere to best-practice principles of skill acquisition;

5. Work in small groups to produce reports;

6. Communicate the results of both theoretical and experimental work in various forms including written reports, oral presentations and multimedia presentations.


Changes to motor performance that may occur with learning, aging and injury

Theories of skill acquisition

Methods of assessing motor performance and learning

Design of effective learning environments for motor skills

Integration of skill acquisition with other sub disciplines of exercise and sport science


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

Presentation: Video presentation to sporting organisation

Report: Written report on skills training project

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Practical demonstration of facilitating training activities

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 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


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term