ESSC11003 - Skill Acquisition and Movement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to motor control and learning, with a particular focus on the theories and application of skill acquisition. Throughout this unit, you will explore concepts related to the classification and assessment of motor skills, stages of motor learning and concepts related to skill acquisition. A particular focus of this unit will be on motor learning and skill development, relevant to the role of a teacher, coach or exercise and sport scientist.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. On-campus Activity 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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.

Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
Students commented that lectures were a little long and drawn out. This led to some students not having a clear understanding of the content.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the structure of lectures be revised, and/or lecture recordings separated into smaller sections.
Action Taken
Lectures were written in a format that enabled content to be scaffolded into smaller sections, and students could take a break while reviewing recordings.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
Students experienced difficulties linking theoretical content to practical application, particularly mixed mode students.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator develops 'at-home' practical activities which could be completed in conjunction with each topic throughout the term, in addition to residential school activities.
Action Taken
Some at home activities were included this term, which allowed students to have a better understanding of concepts prior to arriving at the practical sessions.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Some residential school/laboratory activities were rushed through, and there was little time for discussion at the conclusion of practical sessions.
Recommendation
It is recommended that additional discussion time at the end of each practical topic for group discussion with teaching staff. Zoom links between campuses for on campus students to allow group discussion and engagement.
Action Taken
Practical sessions were planned to facilitate discussion of the session and links to theoretical content. Zoom links between campuses for practical sessions was investigated however could not be completed due to room facilities/limitations.
Source: Have Your Say Survey and Self-reflection
Feedback
Assessment due dates near the end of Term meant a heavy workload for students.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator ensures due dates for multiple assessments are not condensed in the final few weeks of Term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Feedback
Exemplar assessments should be provided to guide students to the required standards of assessments (especially for the Portfolio).
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator make available exemplar assessments from previous offerings for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Feedback
The practical activities during the Residential School and the Portfolio assessment were fun, engaging and helped students understanding of the content
Recommendation
The is recommended that practical activities remain highly engaging and relevant to skill acquisition. The Portfolio assessment should remain practically focused on learning new skills using practical approaches.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Classify motor skills based on specific characteristics
  2. Identify the different stages of skill learning in motor performance and analyse theoretical models which explain changes in motor performance that occur with learning
  3. Use appropriate test protocols to evaluate motor skill to imply motor learning outcomes
  4. Design learning environments to maximise acquisition, retention and adaptation of motor skills in sport and exercise contexts
  5. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical behaviour expected in exercise and sport science settings.

The Unit Learning Outcomes are aligned with Graduate Outcomes published by the external accreditation body (ESSA).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
1 - Online Quiz(zes)