The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Motor learning and skill acquisition encompass an area of study that explains how we acquire, adapt, and retain skilled movements. This course emphasises 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. By the end of this course, students will have the skills to assess motor skill proficiency and design training programs that optimise the quality and speed of skill acquisition.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe changes to motor performance that occur with learning

2. Outline the processes and theories that underpin motor learning

3. Assess motor performance and learning in a sporting, health, and exercise context

4. Design a learning environment to optimise the acquisition, adaptation, and retention of motor skills

5. Work in small groups to produce reports

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


Content

• 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 motor learning and skill acquisition with other sub disciplines of exercise and sport science


Requisite

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

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Report: Written and video report on skills training project

Quiz: Online quizzes


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

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term