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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC3125 Motor Control and Neurorehabilitation

10 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Professor Ronaldo Ichiyama

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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;
- 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 for neurological movement disorders.

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

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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading, seminar preparations and working on coursework:
- 3 hours per lecture: 30 hours
- 3 hours per practical/seminar: 6 hours
- Coursework preparation: 64 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored by completion of an electronically submitted individual poster and a group presentation;
- 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PosterIndividual poster submitted electronically (critical analysis and presentation of data)50.00
Oral PresentationGroup oral presentation (delivered online)30.00
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation performance20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Failure to complete the individual lab report or group / individual oral presentation to pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:48:33


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