This unit of study introduces students to the neuro-mechanical basis of the control of human movement as it relates to exercise and sport, at the central, spinal and peripheral levels of the nervous system. Areas covered are: movement physiology (brain, muscle and spinal control), movement control (gait, reaching, vision, fatigue), development and aging and atypical control, movement representation in the brain and the neural correlates of learning and plasticity.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the basic mechanisms by which human movement is controlled by the central and peripheral nervous system;  
  2. Integrate knowledge of motor control with that already acquired in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor learning to examine human motor skill performance;  
  3. Appraise and interpret research in the area of human motor control; and  
  4. Synthesize empirical journal articles and communicate the findings in written form.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Major assignment topic definitions 15%
Assignment Major assignment 40%
Examination Online quizzes 15%
Examination Final exam 30%

Required reading

Human Motor Control, 2nd Ed.
Rosenbaum, D.A. (2010).
San Diego, USA: Academic Press / Elsevier

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