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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides the knowledge basis of neural processes involved in the control of movement and of issues in cerebral organisation of goal directed movement. It also provides background to knowledge of, and practical skills related to, common assessment techniques for neurological and movement disorders.

Unit content

  • Introduction and techniques in measuring motor control
  • Review of the nervous system
  • The efferent (motor) and ferent (somatosensory and special senses) nervous systems
  • The integration of motor-sensory processes to produce voluntary actions
  • Assessment of postural control, locomotion and functional skills
  • Motor control theories

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify neural pathways and demonstrate knowledge of the role of brain in the control of movement
2 evaluate current models and hypotheses related to movement control
3 conduct and interpret skill assessments applicable to exercise science practice
4 explain common neurological disorders and their influence on movement control.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify neural pathways and demonstrate knowledge of the role of brain in the control of movement
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. evaluate current models and hypotheses related to movement control
    • GA4:
  3. conduct and interpret skill assessments applicable to exercise science practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. explain common neurological disorders and their influence on movement control.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Magill, R & Anderson, D, 2016, Motor learning and control: concepts and applications, 11th edn, McGraw Hill, Australia. ISBN: 9781259823992.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.