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-ordinatorNivan Weerakkody

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority is given to students enrolled in HBESB or HZESP for whom EXS2MCL is core, then to other students until quota is reached.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Essential Neuroscience

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAllan Seigel and Hreday Sapru



PublisherWolters Kluwer


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate how the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the motor and sensory systems contribute to movement learning and control
02. Identify key concepts related to the physical and electrical properties of neurons and motor neurons
03. Evaluate changes in motor control and function across the lifespan
04. Identify and analyse the neural adaptations to strength and endurance training
05. Evaluate motor control and learning during exercise and movement.
06. Identify and evaluate changes in motor control during fatigue, disease and injury

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNivan Weerakkody

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Group poster and oral presentation assignment (1500-words). Students will present an oral poster presentation in Week 11 in groups of 4-5. It will include an individual written component.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo30 SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

One 2-hour theory examination

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Two Online tests (500-words equivalent). Students will be required to complete two online tests in week 3 and 6

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4