Unit description

Introduces students to the major concepts related to the theory and application of motor learning. Develops students' ability to structure, present and evaluate effective learning situations when teaching human movement.

Unit content

Topic 1: Measurement and analysis techniques in real world motor performance situations 

Topic 2: Defining and assessing learning and its relation to the transfer of learning

Topic 3: Action/reaction preparation

Topic 4: Attention and memory and its influence on learning

Topic 5: Stages of motor learning (Motor Learning Models)

Topic 6: Demonstration and instruction and its influence on learning

Topic 7: Augmented feedback and its influence on learning

Topic 8: Practice distribution and variability and its influence on learning

Topic 9: Practice specificity, design and mental practice influences on learning

Topic 10: 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

  • Michael Spittle, 2013, Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia. ISBN: 9781420256758.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

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


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

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

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