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Undergraduate Course: Motor Control 4 (SPRT10029)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySkill Acquisition is the branch of movement science that examines how movement skills are learnt, re-learnt (after injury, disease or a period of sub-optimal technique) or refined and how coaches, PE teachers, instructors and physical therapists can facilitate this process. This is an inter-disciplinary area, where psychology, physiology, biomechanics and sociology come together to explain human motor function.

This course is designed to provide students with a critical perspective towards theoretical and practical understanding of motor control issues. Experience of movement analysis techniques currently employed in motor control assessment will also be provided.
Course description The course will provide an overview of current thinking about motor control, learning and refinement. Motor control researchers have suggested various models of motor control, providing different answers to inform the production and development of a goal-directed movement. Furthermore, the course will look at different challenges to practitioners, spanning age, stage and domain-specific factors. Students will analyse realistic complex problems from a teaching, coaching and/or rehabilitation setting in the form of an assignment report as well as being provided with the opportunity to demonstrate practical skills.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical 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 as it related to human performance
  3. Offer evidence-based recommendations in a professionally presented report.
  4. Analyse complex problems from realistic teaching, coaching and/or rehabilitation settings, using information from a range of sources.
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.
Additional Class Delivery Information Combination of classroom lecture with discussion and practical in sports hall
Keywordssport science motor control skill acquisition
Course organiserDr Howie Carson
Course secretaryMr Nathan Bryceland
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678
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