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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

BIO10493 - Motor Control

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 differentiate among motor skill, motor ability and motor performance
2 distinguish clearly and explain the role of cognitive, environmental and task variables in the learning of motor skills
3 identify in detail the various phases of skill learning in motor performance
4 create constructive plans for the teaching and evaluation of motor skills, including the strategic use of demonstration, instruction, practice, feedback and evaluation.

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

  1. differentiate among motor skill, motor ability and motor performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. distinguish clearly and explain the role of cognitive, environmental and task variables in the learning of motor skills
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. identify in detail the various phases of skill learning in motor performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. create constructive plans for the teaching and evaluation of motor skills, including the strategic use of demonstration, instruction, practice, feedback and evaluation.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • 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 teaching periods.