Module Identifier SS13110  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr David A Tod, Dr Joanne Thatcher  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 1 hr lecture per week  
  Practical   4 x 1 hour sessions for practical. Students divided into four groups.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Laboratory Report (1,000 words)50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1,000 word assignment50%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain models of information processing and motor learning
2. Describe the primary forms of proprioception and how they are used in the control of movement
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the neuro-humoral basis to stress and arousal
4. Examine the concept of "Rating of Perceived Exertion" and demonstrate a basic knowledge of psycho-physical   scaling
5. Complete a succinct report of a laboratory experiment.

Brief description

This module bridges psychology and physiology by considering the biological links between cognitive function and physiological function in relation to movement and performance. Two main themes permeate the module: the motor control of movement and the psychphysiology of stress and perception. Practical laboratory classes will include the measurement of physiological parameters such as heart rate and breathing under conditions of stress, analysis of the perception of effort, and the video analysis of learning novel movement tasks.


1. To develop familiarity with the principal theories of motor learning and performance and the neurological basis to muscle activation
2. To gain a basic knowledge of the primary forms of proprioception
3. To introduce a neuro-humoral explanation of stress and arousal
4. To examine the fundamental nature of the cognitive perception of effort
5. To complete pratical experimentation measuring physiological, perceptual and movement responses

Reading Lists

Buckworth, J. and R. Dishman, R. (2002) Exercise Physiology Champaign, II: Human Kinetics
Cox, R.H. (2002) Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications Boston: McGraw Hill
Magill, RA (2001) Motor learning: concepts and applications 6th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill
McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. and Katch, V.L. (2001) Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance: A Problem-based Approach 5th. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Schmidt, RA & Wrisberg, C (1999) Motor learning and performance 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign Il
Sharp, B (1992) Acquiring skill in sport Sports Dynamics, Eastbourne
Weinberg, RS & Gould, D (2003) Foundations of sport and exercise psychology 3rd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Il


This module is at CQFW Level 4