Motor Control & Learning
Motor Control & Learning 2022-23
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
The course is led by a UKCC Level 4 coach. As such, the content will be both theoretical and applied in nature. The course is broadly divided into two parts. Firstly understanding the underlying theoretical mechanisms to account for ‘how people learn and control movements’, for example information processing, motor programmes, stages of learning and schema theory. Secondly, applying this information to maximise learning e.g. instructional delivery, whole versus part practice, deception and control of complex movements.
IMPORTANT: Module failure that prevents you from passing your year will require resit assessment and attendance at supplementary assessment week during the summer period (dates TBC).
-threshold -To be awarded a mark above D-, you must have a clear understanding of the paradigms and empirical findings in the motor control and learning literature. You should be able to explain how theoretical concepts have evolved from the empirical evidence and how these theories can be applied to practical situations.
-good -To be awarded a mark of higher than B- , in addition to the above, you must be able to integrate the various theoretical concepts. In particular, you should be able to explain how the various processes involved in the control of movement change at the different stages of learning and how the learning process changes throughout skill acquisition. The ability to interpret empirical data should be demonstrated.
-excellent -To be awarded a mark of over A-, in addition to the above, an in depth interpretation of empirical data which incorporates evidence from your additional reading will be expected.
- Apply research and theory appropriately to inform coaching decisions
- Effectively communicate empirical research findings to a lay audience with the aim of enhancing their practice (via a written report)
- Participate effectively in a lab practical environment
- Seek out and critically evaluate relevant research papers to supplement papers provided in class and identify key messages, limitations and future research directions
Students will be required to complete a worksheet associated with the lab practical. The worksheet questions will assess understanding of the underlying scientific theory and literature informing the lab. There are four parts to the worksheet and wordcounts are built into each question (please answer on the sheet). NB. Non-attendance of the lab will result in a score of zero for this assignment (i.e., you need to have participated in the lab to be eligible to complete this assignment).
This assignment is comprised of two parts: PART A (1000 words): You have been asked to write a section of a book chapter to support College Level students. Your target audience for the book will be academic students wishing to pursue careers in coaching, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning / Gym Instructors. You may choose to complete your 1000-word section on one of two topics which will be released ahead of the deadline. PART B (500 words): You have been doing some applied consultancy work with a team of coaches / practitioners (you may select a sport / context of your choosing). You have spent time talking to these coaches, observing their practice, and essentially working as an expert advisor. You now wish to communicate some information to help them adopt certain practices in their coaching / instructing but know that these particular coaches are unlikely to engage with academic journals and books. Therefore, you decide to create a ‘practitioner friendly’ short report to communicate how particular knowledge and understanding can be applied to the practice environment to enhance learning. You may choose to complete your report on one of the three topics which will be released ahead of the deadline.