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SP3015 - Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Only Available to students other than listed as approved by the Director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

This subject provides an advanced understanding of motor learning and control principles. Emphasis is given to the neuroscience of motor control in theory and practical scientific laboratory workshops and also the means by which neuromuscular considerations influence changes to the acquisition of movement skills. Students will utilise the principles of motor learning and control for the further investigation of neuroscientific mechanisms and practical assessment of skilled performance utilising techniques such as brain-computer interface and electroencephalography (EEG). The scientific understanding, design and measurement of skill acquistion programming will therefore be facilitated.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse the neural, physiological and cognitive bases for controlling movement;
  • describe the neuroscience of motor changes that occurs in sport, exercise and clinical contexts;
  • apply knowledge of neuroscientific factors pertintent to motor control and learning principles to the assessment and organisation of movement skill acquisition situations in a laboratory setting for sport and exercise science.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (30%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled practical classes.

Prerequisites: SP2010 AND SP2016


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Connor
Lecturers: Mr Wade Sinclair, Dr Jonathan Connor.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours online activity
  • 16 hours specialised - Practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.