This unit of study provides an introduction to concepts in growth and motor development and the development of fundamental movement skills. The following areas will be examined: basic development principles, terms, issues, and theoretical approaches to growth and motor development; physical, cognitive, perceptual and biological growth and development; description of motor behaviour characteristics at different stages of development; movement assessment; and fundamental movement skill development. Students will engage in practical activities related to fundamental movement skills.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate terminology associated with growth and motor development;  
  2. Evaluate changes that occur in growth and motor development; and  
  3. Determine the development and assessment of fundamental movement skills.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Log Book - Part 1 20%
Assignment Log Book - Part 2 20%
Report Fundamental Motor Skill Report 30%
Test Online Test 30%

Required reading

Lifelong Motor Development. (6th ed.).
Gabbard, P.C. (2013).
Harlow, UK: Pearson.

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