MOTOR CONTROL AND LEARNING

EXS2MCL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will investigate the neuroscience of motor control and learning. Specific emphasis will be placed on the functional neuroanatomy, organisation and integration of the central and peripheral nervous system as they relate to human movement. All levels of the nervous system are examined from peripheral sensory receptors and motor nerves to the highest levels of cerebral cortical function governing all aspects of movement. Neurophysiological adaptations to exercise are explored, including strength training, skill training, aerobic exercise and exercise-induced fatigue. Laboratory classes will employ electrophysiological techniques to examine the neural control of movement.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlan Pearce

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following course codes: HBES, HBESB, HZESPB and must have passed: HBS1HBB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Discipline SpecificEssential NeurosciencePrescribedAllan Seigel and Hreday SapruWolters Kluwer

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe how the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the nervous and sensory systems constrain movement

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Workshops: case-based enquiries and traditional tutorial work. Practicals: practicals exploring muscle reflex activity.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Discuss how muscle activation and recruitment contribute to movement control.

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Practicals:Exploring the EMG-Force relationship
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Explain key concepts related to the physical and electrical properties of neurons and motor neurons

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Practicals: Examining the electrical properties of motor neurons.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Describe the acute adjustments in the neural control of movement during fatigue and disease

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Practicals: Examining the time and frequency domain of muscle fatigue.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Describe the neural adaptations to endurance training

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Practicals: Examining the effect of warming up and cooling down on nerve conduction velocity.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Describe the neural adaptations to strength training

Activities:
Face-to-face lectures and on-line content. Practicals: Examining voluntary activation of human muscle.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. Merit based quota. Priority is given to students enrolled in HBESB or HZESP for whom EXS2MCL is core, then to other students until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNivan Weerakkody

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two Written Laboratory reports (875 words each, 1750 words total)Each Laboratory is worth 25%. Each laboratory will have a maximum word limit 875 words.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2-hour theory examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size170

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. Merit based quota. Priority is given to students enrolled in HBES for whom EXS2MCL is core, then to other students until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlan Pearce

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two Written Laboratory reports (875 words each, 1750 words total)Each Laboratory is worth 25%. Each laboratory will have a maximum word limit 875 words.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2-hour theory examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06