Unit aim

Provides students with the knowledge basis for the understanding of neural processes involved in the control of movement and of issues involved in cerebral organisation of goal directed movement. It also provides background to neurological and movement disorders.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to motor control
Topic 2: Techniques of motor control research
Topic 3: Review of the anatomy & physiology of the nervous system
Topic 4: Overview of afferent (somatosensory) neurophysiology
Topic 5: Overview of efferent (motor) neurophysiology
Topic 6: Visual and vestibular systems & common movement disordered
Topic 7: Integrated approach - voluntary/involuntary control of movement
Topic 8: Motor control theories
Topic 9: Control of posture and locomotion
Topic 10: Control of goal oriented movements
Topic 11: Dysfunctional motor control

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Magill, RA , 2011, Motor learning and control: concepts and applications, 9th edn, McGraw Hill, Singapore. ISBN: 978-007-128940-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills10%
Report30%
Presentation20%
Exam: closed book40%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills10%
Report30%
Presentation20%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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