Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will develop an understanding of the theoretical basis of motor behaviour and its application to sport and exercise performance. You will be introduced to the neuromuscular and sensory systems and their influence on movement in exercise, sporting, and clinical environments, techniques for measuring motor behaviour and expertise and how these techniques can be used to design best practice interventions to suit individual motor learning needs. You will also be introduced to the assessment of motor behaviour research and design a research proposal to measure specific motor behaviour outcomes.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Roberts

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will engage in a range of activities including lectures, workshops, online learning, quizzes and reports designed to achieve and assess your performance in alignment with the subject’s intended learning outcomes. You will receive timely feedback (formal and informal) about your performance on these activities to support your learning. 

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the HBSES or HBSCD degree and have passed SPE2SDS All other enrolments 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

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the structure and function of the neuromuscular and sensory systems as they relate to control of movement in motor behaviour and skill acquisition
02. Critically review prominent theories of motor control and motor behaviour, and how they are applied in exercise and sporting environments
03. Appraise motor control function in a range of populations using appropriate testing methods
04. Critically review the changes in motor behaviour with learning and expertise, ageing, and movement disorders
05. Select and justify appropriate methods used to measure expert performance in skill acquisition and motor behaviour
06. Analyse and interpret research in the area of motor behaviour in sport and exercise

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Roberts

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 10 min online quizzes (500 words equivalent). Online short answer and multiple choice quizzes. 

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1

3000 word team lab report, 1000 words per student. Reports from 3 labs, labs completed as a team. 3 components to each report: Introduction; methods & results; discussion. Each student takes responsibility for one section per report covering all 3 sections at completion of the assessment.

N/AReportGroupNo35 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

One 2500 word literature review and proposed study design. 

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6