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Acquisition of Skills and Motor Control (EXS205)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will cover principles relating to motor skill classification and measurement, the expert performance model and factors that limit expert motor skill performance, as well as instruction and practice principles that can be used to facilitate motor skill learning. An introduction to motor control theories will also be covered. The content has direct application to professions such as exercise physiology, sport science, sports coaching, physical education teaching and allied health.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To be able to classify and measure motor skill performance with the purpose of then designing an appropriate motor skill learning intervention.
2. Develop an understanding of factors that can influence performance and learning of motor skills.
3. Develop an understanding of the expert performance model and how it can be used to determine limiting factors to motor skill performance.
4. To be able to utilise knowledge of the limiting factors of expert motor skill performance to design motor skill learning interventions to facilitate attainment of higher levels of motor skill performance.
5. Develop an understanding of principles that have been demonstrated through scientific evidence to improve motor skill performance and how to implement these principles in various applied settings.
6. To be able to use contemporary motor control theories to explain motor skill performance and structure motor skill learning interventions.
7. To be able to work in small groups to run skill acquisition tasks, discuss their outcomes and reach a consensus in terms of presenting an answer individually to discussion questions related to the relevant topic.
8. To be able to use theoretical knowledge and apply it to assess motor skill performance and design programs to facilitate motor skill learning.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week including online lecture and Q&A session; laboratories: 2 hours on selected weeks (see unit guide for details).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit includes online lectures, in-person question and answer sessions during the lecture timeslot, laboratories and self directed study.
Assessment Students will be assessed on mid-semester and end of semester examinations, as well as individual questions related to tasks completed during the laboratory classes.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Student who have successfully completed CHI322/ EXS322 Acquisition of Skills and Motor Control may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Physical Education Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Sean Muller
Exercise Science Lead

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2089
e: S.Muller@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.008 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Sean Muller
Exercise Science Lead

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2089
e: S.Muller@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.008 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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