Motor Control

Unit code: AHE3126 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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, development and aging and atypical control, movement representation in the brain and the neural correlates of learning and plasticity.

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. Investigate how motor function changes with skill development, aging and injury and identify characteristics of motor function relevant to different ages, levels of skill development, and types of injury;
  4. Critically assess the strengths and limitations of techniques used to assess motor control and determine how these could be used to examine aspects of a client’s motor function; and,
  5. Critically review the common theoretical models of motor control.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
2 x online quizzes
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Visual mapping of the nervous system
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Laboratory report: motor control assessments
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group Presentation: Diseases and Disorders

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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