Course Title: Motor Patterns and Movement Experiences in Schools

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motor Patterns and Movement Experiences in Schools

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Philip Doecke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7864

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None listed

Course Description

This is an elective course that focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of analysing fundamental motor skills and developing movement experiences in schools. Students will discuss the importance of physical fitness in everyday living and as an integral aspect of skill learning. Practical sessions are included to assist students to understand the theoretical applications of motor patterns and movements to traditional games teaching. Biomedical analysis is also studied to assist students to correctly analyse basic human movement from a developmental skills perspective.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Apply knowledge gained to the formulation of a personalised fitness program.
• Develop a basic knowledge of safety, specifically in aquatic contexts
• Analyse a selection of major games with a view to examining aspects such as skill practices, positional play, game tactics and training regimes.
• Apply understanding of biomechanical principles related to skills analysis.
• Provide a safe, healthy play environment that provides opportunities for fine and gross motor development.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Design and implement a personalised fitness program.
• Select and analyse a basic motor skill performed by a primary school-aged child.
• Understand the planning of units of work in the selected physical activities.
• Demonstrate effective teaching in the selected physical activities.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Awareness of digital assessment and reporting tools for effective learning.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers know their students.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers use a range of teaching practices and resources to engage students in effective learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including: lectures, major games’ activities, fitness testing, analyses and applied biomechanics.

Overview of Learning Resources

See part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, preparing curriculum resources, analysing fundamental skill development, developing personalised fitness programs, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.