Growth and Motor Development

Unit code: SPE3008 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit of study provides students with knowledge and skills in growth and motor development, and their application in the assessment and development of fundamental movement skills. Students will examine growth and movement development concepts applied to contemporary movement contexts, including: 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 the assessment and development of fundamental movement skills to support their own and others' physical and movement development for participation and performance in physical activity and movement contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate terminology associated with growth and motor development;
  2. Analyse influences on growth and motor development and their impact on growth and motor development;
  3. Evaluate changes that occur in growth and motor development; and,
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to the assessment and development of fundamental movement skills.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Quiz x 2
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Fundamental Motor Skill Analysis
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Fundamental Motor Skill Report
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Fundamental Motor Skill Session

Required reading

Lifelong Motor Development.
Gabbard, P.C. (2021).| Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

As part of a course

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