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 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

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 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:

  •  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).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  • 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:

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

On successful 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

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 prior to attending your compulsory face-to-face laboratory 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: Mid semester test

Weighting 30%

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

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, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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

Weighting 0%

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