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SPEX12-311: Motor Control and Learning in Exercise and Sport


This subject introduces the primary theories and applications of motor control and learning. Various motor control theories will be examined with respect to the role of sensory and motor function and how this interaction may impact on our health and ability to perform activities of daily living, exercise and play sport. Students will examine a range of factors that influence the assessment of motor function and how best to assist clients to improve their motor learning and skill acquisition.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the strengths and limitations of techniques to assess aspects of motor control and the processes of motor learning and skill acquisition.
2. Explain the changes in motor function or motor performance that may occur with motor learning, skill acquisition, aging and injury.
3. Discuss the common theoretical models proposed to explain motor control and the processes of motor learning and skill acquisition.
4. Examine aspects of a client’s motor function or motor performance as appropriate in health, exercise and sporting contexts.
5. Use appropriate test protocols to evaluate motor learning outcomes.
6. Design motor learning environments and protocols to maximise a client’s specific motor control and learning outcomes in health, exercise or sporting contexts.
7. Apply the principles of motor learning and skill acquisition, including the effective use of learning cues and movement progressions, for teaching and correcting movement and exercise technique.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start09/09/2019
Cancellation 1?23/09/2019
Cancellation 2?30/09/2019
Last enrolment22/09/2019
Withdraw – Financial?05/10/2019
Withdraw – Academic?26/10/2019
Teaching census?04/10/2019