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ESSC13006 Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement
Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement
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General Information


This unit provides knowledge related to the coordination and voluntary control of movement. Throughout this unit, you will explore concepts related to the structure of the neuromuscular and sensory systems, the mechanisms involved in posture, balance, gait and various human movements, and the assessment of motor function in health and exercise contexts. This unit will further explore how concepts of motor control and learning may be applied to rehabilitation of neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of the changes in motor performance that may occur with skill acquisition, aging and injury.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite - ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022

Mackay City
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Literature Review or Systematic Review
Weighting: 30%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
4. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from In-class discussion and Have Your Say


During informal discussions with students and Have Your Say survey responses, a common request is that pre-recorded lectures are made available at the beginning of term. This is due to student placements in another 3rd year unit, plus allowing greater flexibility in their learning.


It is recommended that lectures for this unit are pre-recorded and made available at the beginning of term.

Feedback from Have Your Say


There was a short turnaround between the Residential School and associated assessment submission date.


It is recommended that students are provided with more time to complete the assessment linked to the Residential School.

Feedback from Have Your Say


The students responded positively regarding the content of the unit and the development of Moodle revision activities.


It is recommended that the content of the unit remain similar and the unit coordinator continue to develop interactive revision modules using H5P.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain fundamental concepts of motor control and describe how motor function changes with learning, aging and injury
  2. Identify and describe common movement disorders that influence motor function
  3. Using knowledge from scientific literature, evaluate and design programs for learning motor skills
  4. Develop and evaluate test protocols used to assess motor function
  5. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical behaviour expected in exercise and sport science settings

The Learning Outcomes and Assessment tasks are aligned with Graduate Outcomes as outlined by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 30%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
4 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 30%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
4 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources



Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practic 5th (2017)

Authors: Shumway-Cook, A. & Woollacott, M.H.
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Philadelphia Philadelphia , USA
ISBN: 9781496345370
Binding: eBook

Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications 11th (2016)

Authors: Magill, R.A.
McGraw Hill Book Co
New York New York , NY , USA
ISBN: 9781308928777
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Computer - ability to access study materials, including instructional videos and scan and upload assessment.
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
  • Zoom Capacity (microphone required, webcam preferred if possible)
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