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Unit description

Provides the knowledge basis of neural processes involved in the control of movement and of issues in cerebral organisation of goal directed movement. It also provides background to knowledge of, and practical skills related to, common assessment techniques for neurological and movement disorders.

Unit content

  • Introduction and techniques in measuring motor control
  • Review of the nervous system
  • The efferent (motor) and ferent (somatosensory and special senses) nervous systems
  • The integration of motor-sensory processes to produce voluntary actions
  • Assessment of postural control, locomotion and functional skills
  • Motor control theories

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify neural pathways and demonstrate knowledge of the role of brain in the control of movementKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2evaluate current models and hypotheses related to movement controlKnowledge of a discipline
3conduct and interpret skill assessments applicable to exercise science practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4explain common neurological disorders and their influence on movement control.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify neural pathways and demonstrate knowledge of the role of brain in the control of movement
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. evaluate current models and hypotheses related to movement control
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. conduct and interpret skill assessments applicable to exercise science practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. explain common neurological disorders and their influence on movement control.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Magill, R & Anderson, D, 2016, Motor learning and control: concepts and applications, 11th edn, McGraw Hill, Australia. ISBN: 9781259823992.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills20%
Exam: closed book40%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills20%
Exam: closed book40%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills20%
Exam: closed book40%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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International

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