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 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Ashleigh Moreland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7545

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.71

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 learnt in relation to everyday 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 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


This course contributes to the development of the following Exercise and Sport Science Program Learning Outcomes:
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 aging (PLO7).

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and 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 presribed 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 satisfactorily complete each assessment component and obtain an overall mark of 50% or more. 

Assessment will be designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the theories and concepts of motor control, and your ability to apply this knowledge in an applied setting.