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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5126M Motor Control and Neurorehabilitation

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Professor Ronaldo Ichiyama

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPSC3125Motor Control and Neurorehabilitation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module examines the neurophysiology of movement control in health and disease as well as current research in rehabilitation of movement. The key aspects of the study of movement include: neuromuscular, cortical, spinal, supraspinal and sensory control of movement, with a particular focus on balance, locomotion, reaching and grasping. The module will examine the rationale and clinical justification for current therapy which aims to promote neuroplasticity and recovery of function.


On completion of this module, students should be able to
- demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the neurophysiological basis of motor control in relation to rehabilitation;
- work independently to design, collect data, and produce a piece of research based work in the area of motor control and learning;
- explore the neurophysiological basis for upper and lower limb therapy;
- explore current therapies/rehabilitation for neurological movement disorders.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Discuss the neurophysiological basis for control of movement, particularly locomotion and reaching and grasping in relation to rehabilitation.
2. Design, implement and critically evaluate a study which investigates the neuromuscular control of movement.
3. Appraise the current neurophysiological basis for upper and lower limb therapy;
4. Critically evaluate the efficacy of current therapies for neurological movement disorders in relation to rehabilitation.

Skills outcomes
The lab report and presentation aspects of the module provide opportunities to work in groups. In the lab report the group work will be undertaken when collecting data, but analysis and reporting will be individual. In the presentation the oral presentation and development of visual communication aids are developed and presented as a group. Organization and communication skills are emphasized.


Motor control concepts & rehabilitation;
Peripheral control and EMG;
Spinal cord;
Spinal cord injuries;
Supraspinal control I;
Supraspinal control II;
Cerebral Palsy;
Neuroplasticity Neurorehabilitation;
Presentations and Feedback.

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
Independent online learning hours43.00
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study: this includes the time associated with background reading for each /lecture/tutorial/seminar, and the time associated with the preparation and completion of the assessment.
- 3 hours per lecture: 30 hours
- 1 hour tutorial
- 3 hours per practical/seminar: 6 hours
- Coursework preparation: 70 hours
-self-directed learning : 43 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored by completion of a written assignment and informal monitoring of workbooks;
- Additional tutorials will be available to those students wanting extra assistance;
- The Faculty will provide opportunities for students to discuss feedback and academic progress with staff.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportLab report50.00
Oral Presentationpresentation50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 03/12/2021


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