Course Title: Motor Skill Learning and Performance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motor Skill Learning and Performance

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
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

Course Coordinator: Lyndell Bruce

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.3.9

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will examine the theoretical and applied concepts relating to performance and learning of perceptual-motor skills in everyday lifestyle, recreational and sport tasks. Through this content, you will be provided an opportunity to explore how motor skills are controlled and how methods of instruction can be used to assist re-learning of motor skills.  

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:

  1.  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 (PLO1).
  2. Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  3. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  4. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO7).

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

  1. Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO2). 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Implement various approaches to classifying skills and evaluate usefulness of these models in planning for learning and progression of skills 

2. Optimise learning by applying an understanding of the learning and performance environment, practice structures, and feedback

3. Apply various stages of learning models to understand of how individuals progress

4. Explain motor behaviour using major theoretical models

5. Apply the content knowledge to the various fields of exercise and sport science including elite sport, recreational sport, physical education, coaching, rehabilitation, physical activity and health programs

6. Select and use appropriate instrumentation to measure learning and performance in lab and field environments based upon the situation presented and generate appropriate conclusions 

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, laboratory activities, independent reading and learning hub activities are the key student learning experiences.

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Thirty-six (36) hours for one semester comprising lectures and laboratory sessions. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include class readings, lecture notes, practical exercises, handouts and references on selected topics. myRMIT studies provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. It will be to your advantage to access and review lecture notes prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.

The Exercise Science Program Guide (URL: provides useful references.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance.

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 (Leaning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Mid semester test

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2:  Laboratory report 

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6 

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 6

Assessment 4: Laboratory Attendance Requirement (minimum 80% attendance at laboratories) (Pass/Fail hurdle)

This assessment supports CLOs 1 – 6