Motor Learning and Control
Area of Study
Exercise Biology, Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science, Kinesiology, Physiology
Taught In English
92511 Structural Anatomy
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject provides a conceptual and practical introduction to the neural mechanisms and performance characteristics of human movement production and motor learning. Specifically, the structure of the motor control system, the processes underlying movement control, methods of assessing muscle and nerve function, posture and balance control, and the development of coordinated movement patterns are examined.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:A. Classify and measure the performance of motor skillsB. Discuss the current theories of human motor controlC. Apply knowledge from biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and sports psychology to the practice of motor controlD. Describe the neuromuscular systems involved in motor learningE. Describe how neuromuscular function changes with motor learning in a sporting, health (injury, ageing) and exercise contextF. Understand the neural & physiological fundamentals associated with human movementG. Identify the central processes that contribute to skilled motor behaviourH. Promote critical thinking by understanding limitations and strengths of motor control research/theoriesI. Assess motor function using the appropriate measurements in a sporting, health and exercise contextThis subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions; (3.0)Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions; (4.0)ContentStructure and function of neuromuscular and sensory systems in relation to motor learningThe integration of these systems and how they control and coordinate movementMeasurements of motor control function and their limitationsOutline the theoretical models that explain motor control and learningExplain the changes in motor control and performance and respective causes such as age, injury and trainingAppropriate methods to examine motor function and performanceTask analysis, classification and appropriateness based on population group and movementRelating motor control and motor learning environments to specific fields in Exercise Science.Examine the motor function of clients in a health and exercise contextAssessmentAssessment task 1: Mid Semester ExamObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C, D, G and HThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0Weight: 30%Assessment task 2: Laboratory ReportObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and IThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0 and 4.0Weight: 30%Assessment task 3: Final ExaminationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C, F, G and HThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0 and 4.0Weight: 40%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.