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. In this unit you will further explore how concepts of motor control and learning may be applied to acute and chronic movement disorders that you may work with in your exercise and sport science career. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of the changes in motor performance that may occur with learning, 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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.03% 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: SUTE
Assessment items linked to the Residential School provide limited time for completion, particularly at the end of term.
It is recommended that assessment tasks linked to the Residential School be revised to provide students with adequate time to produce their best work.
Action Taken
Assessment due dates for items related to the Residential School were adjusted to provide students with an equitable amount of time following the Residential School that they attended (i.e., assessments due two weeks after the Residential School).
Source: SUTE
The unit and assessments provide great links to real-world scenarios.
It is recommended that assessment tasks and learning activities continue to be highly practical and provide real world examples.
Action Taken
The overall requirements of assessment tasks for students were similar to previous offerings, to provide practical, real-world examples. Learning activities in lectures and Residential Schools included real-world application.
Source: SUTE
The Residential School was engaging and well structured.
It is recommended that the Residential School continue to be structured with small, student-led experiments.
Action Taken
Structure of the Residential School remained consistent with previous offerings, including student-led activities.
Source: SUTE
Students enjoyed the Residential School activities which are hands-on and provide practical outcomes for graduate level students. However there is a large clinical focus therefore coaching/instruction related to skill acquisition would be useful.
It is recommended that practical sessions continue to be highly applied; however, a review should be undertaken exploring opportunities to introduce some coaching/instructional strategies.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflections and SUTE
Some assessment tasks require using statistical analysis skills learnt in earlier units. Students found some aspects of the required analysis for the Written Assessment confusing and difficult.
It is recommended that a short, informal tutorial on statistical analysis be provided to students prior to the Residential School to revisit these necessary skills.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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