Course Title: Motor Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motor Control

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 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

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course will present content relating to motor control and neuroscience theories and principles, and will examine the role of the neuromuscular system in both the sensory and motor aspects of motor control. The purpose is to provide you with evidence to understand how motor skills are performed and learned in relation to everyday tasks and sport skills with a particular focus on disease populations such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, as well as those with brain trauma such as stroke. The course content will develop understanding of principles for learning and re-learning of motor skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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 aging (PLO7)


This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

You will develop your understanding and capability to understand how humans control movement and to effectively apply this knowledge in a variety of exercise, sporting and clinical contexts.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology to the control of movement
    2. Apply knowledge of the basic mechanisms by which human movement is controlled by the central and peripheral nervous systems
    3. Integrate practice of motor control with your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
    4. Apply your knowledge to exercise, sports and clinical contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and tutorial / laboratory classes in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated.

The practical component of this course is designed to introduce you to the practical applications of the theories and principles of motor control, and build upon your fundamental skills in data collection, analyses, interpretation and presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course includes text books, lecture notes, practical exercises and handouts or references on selected topics. Where possible this information is provided online via myRMIT and you will be expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information including detailed class schedules and prescribed reading, course document and myGrades.

Laboratories and associated equipment will provide an environment for the application of theoretical concepts and further your learning experience.

Overview of Assessment

To pass this course, you must pass the hurdle requirement and obtain an overall mark of 50% or more. 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: Research Plan

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Online Tests

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Major Project

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 4: Tutorial Attendance / Submission Requirement (minimum 80% attendance) (Pass/Fail Hurdle)

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