Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Motor Learning and Performance
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature review  (2000 words)  75%
Semester Assessment Five short assignments  including quizzes, reports and data analyses (1.5 hours)  25%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and the inter-disciplinary nature of motor control.

2. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge of theories and principles the area of motor control, motor learning, and performance.

3. Construct critical reviews on a range of topics based on a range of information sources.

4. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in written formats to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Brief description

This module will focus on the principles of human skilled performance and the principles of skill learning. Decision making, anticipation, attention and information processing are discussed in relation to the execution of movements. The sensory system, the involvement of the brain and feedback loops and theories of motor programs will enable the student to understand the theory behind the motor control. The application will focus on the speed-accuracy trade off and individual differences in capacity for learning. Skill learning will focus on the research methods applied
in motor learning and how expertise is gained, including the effect of practice and feedback.


This module will run for eleven weeks, with each week consisting 2 one-hour lectures and a seminar/practical.

Introduction: Motor Skills
Processing information and making decisions
Attention and performance
Sensory contribution to skilled performance
Motor programs
Principles of speed, accuracy and coordination
Individual differences
Motor Learning
Skill acquisition, retention and transfer
Organizing and scheduling practice
Augmented feedback

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Quantifying movement analysis.
Communication Infographic presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback will be provided following each short assignment.
Information Technology Excel, infographic creation, data collection software, video capture.
Personal Development and Career planning Practicals and seminars will include the application of their new knowledge to potential careers.
Problem solving Critical review of two contrasting journal articles related to future performance capabilities.
Research skills Literature review on self-selected topic.
Subject Specific Skills Research methods and applications of motor control theory.
Team work During practicals and seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 5