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Undergraduate Course: Motor Control 4 (SPRT10029)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of motor control issues at the forefront of the field. Experience of laboratory techniques currently employed in motor control assessment will also be provided.
Course description The course will provide an overview of current thinking about sensorimotor control. Motor control researchers have suggested various models of motor control, providing different answers to the question of what exactly it is that is being controlled when producing a goal-directed movement. Furthermore, the course will look at coordination in (para-)athletes and clinical populations. The course will consider the relationship between impairment, participation and wellbeing. Students will analyse realistic complex problems from a teaching, coaching or clinical setting. Students will be given the opportunity to use state-of-the-art 3D movement analysis technology to analyse coordination.

As the course aims to discuss topics at the forefront of the field, with input from guest lecturers, topics are subject to change.

This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Sport Science 3B (SPRT10023)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 2 hour exam (60%)
1 x 2000 case study report (40%)

A mark of 40% or higher is required to pass the course. A lower mark in one component of assessment can be compensated by a sufficiently higher mark in the other component.
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutor will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Discussion forum - Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment will be responded to by the course tutor for everyone to see.

Cohort feedforward - Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.

Formative Feedback - After working in groups on a realistic case study, students will present their preliminary analysis and recommendation to their peers and tutor for feedback.

Summative Feedback- Students will receive individual and cohort feedback on the case study report through LEARN. Feedback on the exam will be provided in the form of cohort feedback on LEARN and indiviual exam script feedback. A session in which students can consult their exam script feedback will be organised by the tutor.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of computational and non-computational views of motor control.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the analysis of motor coordination and control in athletes and clinical populations.
  3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using specialised, advanced technology for evaluation of motor skills.
  4. Analyse complex problems from realistic teaching, coaching or rehabilitation settings, using information from a range of sources.
  5. Offer evidence-based recommendations in a professionally presented report.
Learning Resources
TED talk "The real reason for brains" by Daniel Wolpert (

Further information on learning resources will be provided during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 16 of the 21 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree

(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise.

(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning.
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding.

(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding
(10) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise

(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(15) Be able to work effectively in a team; overcoming and discussing problems and recognising the diversity of contributions different individuals can make to collaborative work
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health
(17) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives

(18) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(19) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise.
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions.
Keywordssport science motor control skill acquisition
Course organiserDr Martine Verheul
Tel: (0131 6)51 6554
Course secretaryMiss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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