ESSC13006 - Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed as a follow-up from ESSC11003- Skill Acquisition and Movement. The unit will focus on the neuromotor system and examine the central mechanisms that are involved in postural control, gait locomotion and various human movements that are essential in activities of daily living. This unit starts by examining the concept of neuroplasticity and the neurophysiological changes associated with motor learning and memory consolidation. It will also address how the brain controls essential human movement such as walking and static posture and how it adapts itself functionally to injury or environmental stimulus. With this knowledge, the 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. The practical component of this unit will allow students to be involved in self-directed research projects pertaining to motor control and learning. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on Rockhampton campus to promote development of unit learning outcomes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite - ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Mackay
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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 Test 40%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.11% response rate.

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 communication with the unit coordinator was excellent, and that the assessment was well-structured and relevant to industry.
Recommendation
Continue the practice of regular contact with students and continue with current assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Moodle given the large proportion of Mixed mode enrolments. Formats of the assessment tasks remained consistent to previous offerings given the practical application and relevance of these tasks.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Endeavour to maintain industry relevance of unit content, while continuing to meet external accreditation requirements
Recommendation
Maintain industry contacts to ensure content, assessment and residential school experiences results in industry-ready graduates.
Action Taken
Learning content, assessments, and residential school tasks were consistent from previous offerings. A focus of practical sessions is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary in industry settings. Existing content and assessment items also achieved this previously, so they remained consistent with 2017. These will continue to meet external accreditation requirements while also developing industry ready graduates.
Source: Face-to-face feedback from students at residential school
Feedback
Students commented favourably on the highly applied nature of the residential school laboratories and enjoyed the varied topics.
Recommendation
Continued with highly applied topics which have industry relevance, at residential schools.
Action Taken
Topics and activities selected for the residential school were consistent with previous offerings. These activities remain highly practical, facilitate engagement and are focused on the development of industry relevant skills.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Feedback
Students commented on the practical and engaging nature of the residential school which were of appropriate length to allow for practical data collection and discussion of related theoretical content.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to include relevant practical activities for the residential school and maintain specificity to industry real-world application. The unit coordinator should also ensure that there is enough time for discussion of theoretical concepts to complement the practical aspects of the residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Feedback
The use of a number of selected topics for the Presentation and Manuscript assessment items were received positively.
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with guidance on selected topics for literature review presentation and ensure that they are up to date and relevant to the industry. Also maintain the link between the residential school and manuscript assessment item to simulate small research project for students to disseminate.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Feedback
Some students requested all lecture content to be posted prior to the residential school as some theoretical content was covered after the residential school.
Recommendation
It is recommended that future offering of this unit slightly restructure the lecture content to ensure that all important topics are covered prior to the residential school, or provide additional learning content to assist with their understanding of the practical activities being under taken.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the central mechanisms involved with postural control and locomotion.
  2. Examine the concept of neuroplasticity and apply this knowledge in motor learning.
  3. Examine the principles, interventions and assessments used in neuro-rehabilitation.
  4. Describe and differentiate motor disorders that influence motor control.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
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 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity
1 - Online Test