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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC1031 Motor Control: Foundations of Control and Learning

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Andrea Utley
Email: A.Utley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to;
- Describe the prominent theories of motor control and learning that guide research and practice;
- Explain the meaning of skill and skill classification;
- Explain the processes involved in controlling movement;
- Differentiate between measurement techniques used to describe the control and the learning of movement;
- Describe the role of sensory information in the control of voluntary movement;
- Explain the relevance of theories of control to the sporting environment;
- Analyse their own work and that of others critically;
- Write a report using original source material and know how to quote sources and use references.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: collecting, selecting, organising and interpreting data, data evaluation and synthesis, use of IT skills.
- Managing Self: planning, time management, independent study.
- Managing Interrelationships: teamwork and cooperation, decision taking, learning from others, peer reviewing, organisation of time.
- Presentation Skills: lab reports, powerpoint, visual presentation of data.


Syllabus

- Introduction to the course and the area; reaction/response time (Hick's & Fitt's Law).
- Experimental design in motor control.
- Classification of skill and movements.
- Anatomy of CNS (motor system).
- Theories of Control: open vs. closed loop, hierarchical models.
- Theories of Control: Dynamical systems.
- Sensory contributions to control.
- Principles of Motor Learning.
- Motor Development.
- Part 1 Exam revision and course review.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Practical22.004.00
Practical23.006.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading, practical/seminar preparations and working on coursework:
2 hours - per lecture: 20 hours
3 hours - per practical: 12 hours
24 hours - coursework
24 hours - exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored by completion of a written assignment and informal monitoring during practicals and seminars.
- A formative assessment will take place in Week 4 to monitor progress.
- Additional tutorials will be available to those students wanting extra assistance.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationGroup Poster presentation25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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