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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 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify neural pathways involved in control of movement Knowledge of a discipline
2 understand the role of brain areas in movement activity Knowledge of a discipline
3 evaluate the evidence for the current models and hypotheses related to movement Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 understand, conduct and interpret basic neuromotor and reaction time tests applicable to exercise science practice Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
5 understand, conduct and interpret assessments of posture and balance Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
6 have a knowledge of common neurological and movement disorders. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. identify neural pathways involved in control of movement
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. understand the role of brain areas in movement activity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. evaluate the evidence for the current models and hypotheses related to movement
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. understand, conduct and interpret basic neuromotor and reaction time tests applicable to exercise science practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. understand, conduct and interpret assessments of posture and balance
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. have a knowledge of common neurological and movement disorders.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Magill, RA , 2011, Motor learning and control: concepts and applications, 9th edn, McGraw Hill, Singapore. ISBN: 978-007-128940-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.