Module Overview

Motor Learning and Performance

The aims of this module are to develop an understanding of motor development, motor control, and motor learning using established motor behaviour theories and models.

Module Code

COCH H2001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Motor Learning and Performance

Skill definition; relationship between motor performance and motor learning; situational based approach.

Motor Development: The Fundamental motor skills in children

Examining the motor development of babies into adulthood using the hourglass model. Specific focus on fundamental movement skills assessment and prevalence in the population. Examination of functional movement competency in adults.

Motor Development: Early Specialisation vs. Diversification

Case studies in early sports specialisation vs. diversification. Evidence based review of the risks and benefits of early sports specialisation. Best practice guidelines and current possition statements.

Motor Control: Processing Information and Making Decisions

Information-processing stages; reaction time; primary information processing; arousal and attention influence performance; memory and motor performance

Motor Control: Sensory Contribution to Motor Performance

Closed loop model of movement control; the use of sensory information; vision in movement control; conceptual model of motor performance.

Motor Control: Movement production and Motor Programs

Open loop control of movement; rationale for characteristics of motor programs; generalized motor programs; practical applications of motor programming.

Motor Control: Individual Differences and Motor Abilities.

Individual difference; nature of motor abilities; motor abilities and skill classification; predicting future performance. Talent vs. Training review

Motor Learning: Preparing the Learning Experience

Learning experience; movement practitioner and the learning experience; learner characteristics; evaluating progress.

Motor Learning: Practice Design principles for coaching

Instructional techniques; attentional control and arousal regulation; function of instruction and demonstrations; guidance procedures; physical practice and mental rehearsal.Practice and structure; blocked and random practice; constant and varied practice.

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, practicals, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and practical in-class demonstrations.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50