Motor Learning and Control

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Motor Learning and Control

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science, Kinesiology, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    92511 Structural Anatomy

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This 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 objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    A. Classify and measure the performance of motor skills
    B. Discuss the current theories of human motor control
    C. Apply knowledge from biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and sports psychology to the practice of motor control
    D. Describe the neuromuscular systems involved in motor learning
    E. Describe how neuromuscular function changes with motor learning in a sporting, health (injury, ageing) and exercise context
    F. Understand the neural & physiological fundamentals associated with human movement
    G. Identify the central processes that contribute to skilled motor behaviour
    H. Promote critical thinking by understanding limitations and strengths of motor control research/theories
    I. Assess motor function using the appropriate measurements in a sporting, health and exercise context
    This 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)
    Content
    Structure and function of neuromuscular and sensory systems in relation to motor learning
    The integration of these systems and how they control and coordinate movement
    Measurements of motor control function and their limitations
    Outline the theoretical models that explain motor control and learning
    Explain the changes in motor control and performance and respective causes such as age, injury and training
    Appropriate methods to examine motor function and performance
    Task analysis, classification and appropriateness based on population group and movement
    Relating motor control and motor learning environments to specific fields in Exercise Science.
    Examine the motor function of clients in a health and exercise context
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Mid Semester Exam
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, C, D, G and H
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    3.0
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 2: Laboratory Report
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    3.0 and 4.0
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 3: Final Examination
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, C, F, G and H
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    3.0 and 4.0
    Weight: 40%

Course Disclaimer

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.