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SPHP612 – Motor Learning and Control

Module code
Module title
Motor Learning and Control
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the current theory and research in the field of motor control and learning. A theoretical foundation framework will be introduced providing the student with a basis for understanding how movement is initiated, controlled, learned, taught and performed in specific learning environments.
  • SC9501
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate their understanding of general motor learning and motor control theories to
motor skills acquisition in the field of sports and exercise

2. Analyse motor skills and recognise the process of motor skill development

3. Demonstrate knowledge about the stages involved in motor skill learning

4. Demonstrate the ability to test, devise, deliver and apply basic motor learning and control
principles to provide practical solutions to clinical and sport specific scenarios
- Introduction to Motor Control and Learning.
- The measurement of motor performance
- Neuro-motor basis for motor control
- Motor control theories
- The Sensory System: Touch, proprioception and vision in motor control
- Action preparation and functional performance
- Attention and Memory
- Defining and assessing learning
- Transfer of learning
- Stages of learning
- Optimising practice for learning
- Demonstration and verbal instruction
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Tutor facilitated and directed presentations
- Group interaction and discussion
- Student facilitated and directed presentations
- Individual participant project time
- Collaborative and cooperative learning
- Research of resources and relevant sites on the internet
- Individual project time
- Individual reading
Assessment Criteria
Candidates must achieve a minimum C grade pass overall from assessments to receive a passing grade for this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Required Text:
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.

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