Unit description

Introduces students to the major concepts related to the theory and application of motor learning and to develop their ability to structure and present effective learning situations in human movement.

Unit content

Topic 1: Motor skills/abilities classification and measurement
Topic 2: Performance analysis and measuring motor performance
Topic 3: Expert, novice differences, literature search strategies and critical review of research
Topic 4: Action/reaction preparation
Topic 5: Attention and memory
Topic 6: Defining and assessing learning
Topic 7: Stages of motor learning and transfer of motor learning
Topic 8: Demonstration and instruction
Topic 9: Augmented feedback
Topic 10: Practice conditions - variability and specificity of practice, distribution of practice, whole and part practice, and mental practice
Topic 11: Applied skill acquisition

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 2

  • Magill, RA, 2011, Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and applications, 10th edn, McGraw Hill Publishers, Sydney. ISBN: 978-1-30-804447-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Critical review30%
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book50%

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


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