Movement Analysis and Control

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Movement Analysis and Control

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Anatomy, Health and Exercise Science, Human Biology, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANAT 250 or (HUBS 191 and HUBS 192) or (PHSE 191 and PHSE 192)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the biomechanics, coordination and control of the human movement system and the major constraints that influence human movement behaviour and the acquisition of skill.

    The paper covers core concepts from the academic sub-disciplines of motor control, motor learning, motor development and biomechanics. Students will apply their fundamental knowledge of physics, mathematics, human anatomy, physiology and psychology to better understand how skilful movement is acquired and controlled. An emphasis on the mechanical principles that underlie movement is adopted within the paper.

    Course Structure
    The paper covers four topics:

    • Fundamental movement analysis
    • Measuring and modelling movement
    • Constraints on movement
    • Enhancing movement

    Learning Outcomes

    • Understand theories and concepts underlying acquisition, retention, transfer, and optimisation of movement skills
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of different theories of motor control
    • Apply movement principles to explain how the human body generates and controls movement in sport
    • Understand movement and coordination patterns, both qualitatively and quantitatively
    • Be able to collect video recordings and derived data for qualitative and quantitative movement analysis
    • Appraise the effects of manipulating perceptual and motor constraints on movement coordination and control
    • Demonstrate an ability to apply ecological principles of movement coordination and control to the design and organisation of practice in exercise and sport environments
    • Apply analytical and technical skills in preparation for, and evaluation of, laboratory experiences
    • Work responsibly and safely with others in laboratory sessions

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