Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Success in exercise and sport depends on your ability to develop a specific set of perceptual, cognitive and motor skills. This subject will expand your theoretical and practical understanding of motor performance and skill learning. In this subject you will explore the principles and apply the concepts of skill acquisition to a variety of real-world settings such as coaching, rehabilitation and everyday motor skill learning. In particular, this subject considers the role that different types of learning, practice, instruction and feedback have on the skill acquisition process. Throughout this subject, the implications of current research that has shaped our understanding of motor skill learning will be reviewed, in particular, evaluating the major characteristics of change that occur in human performance during the skill acquisition process.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNivan Weerakkody

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZESPB, HBES, or HBESB, and must have passed EXS2MCL All other students require Subject Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMichael Spittle





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. Explore the role of the brain and nervous system in movement control and perceptual, cognitive and motor skill learning.
02. Critically evaluate the sensory contribution to skilled performance, motor control and movement accuracy and identify models of motor programming for movement production.
03. Critically assess different methods for facilitating, structuring and supplementing the learning experience, evaluating their impact on learning and describe the major characteristics of change that occur with skill learning.
04. Compare and contrast individual differences with respect to learning motor abilities and demonstrate an ability to identify the perceptual, decision-making and motor responses required for a range of motor activities.
05. Critically evaluate different types of feedback and discuss their impact during the skill learning experience.
06. Construct, perform and evaluate appropriate measurement methods to perform and report motor skill learning and demonstrate an ability to design training or practice sessions to maximise skill learning.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNivan Weerakkody

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Written Theory Examination (2-Hours, equivalent to 2000 words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One Written Assignment (equivalent to 1250 words) on  laboratory work., Students are required to choose one laboratory from weeks 2-11.

N/AReportIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Four Online tests (equivalent to 1000 words, 250 words each)
Students will be required to complete 4 online tests, one test for weeks 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. 

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6