Module Information

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature Review  (2000 words)  70%
Semester Assessment Worksheets  Worksheets, comprising data collection and analysis  30%
Supplementary Assessment Worksheets  Worksheets, comprising data collection and analysis  30%
Supplementary Assessment Literature Review  (2000 words)  70%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate knowledge of the inter-disciplinary nature of motor control

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

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

Process, analyze and interpret data.

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.




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

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will be provided with academic and skill challenges during practical sessions and completion of assessment
Co-ordinating with others During practicals, such as working in pairs to evaluate the speed-accuracy trade off.
Creative Problem Solving Critical review of two contrasting journal articles related to future performance capabilities.
Critical and analytical thinking Literature review on self-selected topic. Deciding on appropriate data analyses techniques.
Digital capability Worksheets in Excel for data analyses and Word for writing literature reviews
Professional communication Writing in an academic writing style
Real world sense Applying science to real world motor skill and identifying the appropriate level of detail.
Reflection Feedback will be provided and the literature review will be submitted in two parts, to enable students to reflect on first part and improve on second part.
Subject Specific Skills Research methods, including data analyses, and applications of motor control theory.


This module is at CQFW Level 5