Applied Movement Science

Unit code: SPE1200 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit applies movement science to the analysis and acquisition of movement skills in children through exploration of how movement skills are learned and performed. Students will examine skill acquisition and biomechanical concepts including: movement skills; theories of movement skill acquisition; instruction, practice design and feedback; assessment of movement skills; analysis of movement; the manipulation and modification of effort, time, force, and objects; and the effect forces have on bodies and motion. The unit will help students develop skills and knowledge to support the acquisition, application and evaluation of movement skills, concepts, and strategic awareness in order to support learners in responding creatively and competently in a variety of physical activity contexts and settings. Students develop theoretical understanding of implementing and evaluating approaches to skill analysis, assessment and acquisition common to movement settings. Participation in practical experiences will illustrate theoretical concepts of how to analyse, develop, and refine movement. Students will explore the acquisition and analysis of movement skills, concepts and strategies to confidently and competently participate in a range of physical activities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Present a clear coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in skill acquisition and biomechanics;
  2. Classify and analyse the performance of movement skills in physical activity and sport using skill acquisition and biomechanical principles;
  3. Determine changes in skill acquisition and performance in children;
  4. Apply biomechanical and skill acquisition principles to analyse, develop, and refine movement for participation and performance in a range of physical activities; and
  5. Develop understanding to support learners to acquire, apply and evaluate movement skills, concepts, and strategic awareness in order to respond creatively and competently in a variety of physical activity contexts and settings.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online tests
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Practical reports
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Reflective workbook

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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