This unit aims to develop an integrated understanding of the wide range of factors that affect the process of motor learning and motor skill performance and provide an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of experimental design and procedures used in motor learning research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise psychological and constraints-led approaches to motor learning;  
  2. Create solutions to common motor skill learning situations by applying principles related to optimal learning of motor skills;  
  3. Assess motor skill instruction and integrate empirical findings to develop evidence-based approaches to instruction;  
  4. Analyse results from applied motor learning experiments and evaluate findings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Tests 20%
Assignment Practical laboratory report 40%
Assignment Practical laboratory report 40%

Required reading

Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport
Spittle, M, 2013
Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.

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