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EXSS3062: Motor Control and Learning

This unit provides students with a broad overview of motor control and learning with the aim of stimulating students to think about the mechanisms of normal human movement. Both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach are taken to understand the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. The behavioural approach is directed at the process of optimizing the learning of skills. Meanwhile the neurophysiological approach is directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections which enable skill-acquisition to occur. Exercise Science students are advised to enrol in this unit in Semester 1. Exercise Physiology students are advised to enrol in this unit in Semester 2.

Code EXSS3062
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Completion of 48 credit points

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the structure and function of sensory receptors as they relate to the control of voluntary and involuntary movement.
  • LO2. Explain the energetic and information processes within efferent neuromuscular activity governing voluntary movement.
  • LO3. Explain and evaluate core theoretical models and hypothetical explanations as they apply to motor control and motor skill learning situations.
  • LO4. Identify and explain how individual constraints and preexisting functioning influences implementation of pedagogical motor skill learning strategies.
  • LO5. Critically explain appropriate application of pedagogical motor learning strategies so as to maximise motor skill learning in performance and clinical contexts.
  • LO6. Design, implement, and evaluate motor skill training environments (& program) to optimise a client’s motor skill development in a task situation.