Course Title: Motor Skill Learning and Performance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motor Skill Learning and Performance

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Ashleigh Moreland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7545

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.071

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will examine concepts relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills in sporting, rehabilitation, and everyday life contexts. You will learn how to apply principles of motor skill learning experiences in a way that can be adapted depending on the characteristics of the motor skill and the performer. This will ensure you are ready for any and all possible pathways as an Exercise and Sport Science Professional.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). This course also contributes to the development of a range of Victorian Institute of Teaching and Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standards for Physical Education Teachers (AITSL).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296 Exercise and Sport Science:

  •  Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO 1).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO 2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO 7).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP041 Health and Physical Education:

  • Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO 2). 

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognise the relevance of motor skill learning and performance across a range of fields including elite sport, recreational sport, physical education, coaching, rehabilitation, physical activity and health programs, and how this information can be integrated with other study areas of exercise science.
  2. Understand and apply various models of motor skill classification.
  3. Differentiate between motor learning and motor performance, and use appropriate protocols to assess them, including selecting appropriate instrumentation for laboratory and field environments.
  4. Evaluate motor skills and identify underlying motor abilities.
  5. Evaluate performer characteristics based upon various stages of learning models.
  6. Develop a skill acquisition or development program to demonstrate understanding of best practice in relation to presenting information, scheduling practice sessions, and providing feedback to meet the unique requirements of the motor skill and the performer.
  7. Explain motor behaviour using major theoretical models, and understand the contributions of neuromuscular and sensory mechanisms to motor control.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is organised into weekly modules consisting of online video lecture recordings, readings, discussions and activities that are designed to be completed in a relatively self-paced manner. However, it is expected that you have completed the weekly online module including the practical activities prior to attending your compulsory scheduled class the following week.

The course will consist of 40-50 teacher guided hours, and 70-80 learner directed hours.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course resources including announcements, detailed class schedules, course learning materials and grades will be provided online via Canvas. You will be expected to regularly access this course website, and analytics will be used to track engagement with the course.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Discussion forum – Real world applications of motor skill learning and performance

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Motor skill acquisition – Progressive assessment 1

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Motor skill acquisition – Progressive assessment 2

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Scheduled Class Attendance and Engagement with Pre-Class Tasks (minimum 80% attendance at scheduled classes) (Pass/Fail HURDLE)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7