ESSC13006 - Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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).

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

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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

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.22% 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: Have Your Say Evaluation
The lack of practical component during the term made links between theoretical and practical aspects of the unit difficult to interpret.
COVID restrictions meant that the Residential School was postponed and is planned to run in November 2020. It is recommended that smaller at home activities accompany lectures in the future to enable students to further supplement the Residential School activities and link practical to the theoretical content.
Action Taken
Normal delivery of the residential school returned in 2021, with some at home activities accompanying lecture content early in the term.
Source: Informal in class discussion and Self-reflection
Front ending the term with learning content ensured all material was covered in sufficient time for assessment tasks, and planned Residential School
It is recommended that the learning structure is maintained in future offerings.
Action Taken
Learning material was 'front ended' as per 2020 and this structure received positive feedback from the vast majority of students.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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