Undergraduate Course: Motor Control 4 (SPRT10029)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Motor skill development 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.
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Sport Science 3B (SPRT10023)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 2 hour exam (60%) (traditional format or online, to be confirmed)
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.
||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 individual exam script feedback. A session in which students can consult their exam script feedback will be organised by the tutor.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (April/May Sem 1 resits only)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of computational and non-computational views of motor control.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the analysis of motor coordination and control in athletes and clinical populations as it related to human performance
- Offer evidence-based recommendations in a professionally presented report.
- Analyse complex problems from realistic teaching, coaching and/or rehabilitation settings, using information from a range of sources.
|Further information on learning resources will be provided during the course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course addresses 16 of the 21 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree
RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY
(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.
PERSONAL AND INTELLECTUAL AUTONOMY
(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
|Keywords||sport science motor control skill acquisition
|Course organiser||Dr Howie Carson
|Course secretary||Mr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571