Module Title:Motor Control / Biomechanics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Motor control: This part of the module will be taught in semester one of the academic year. This part of the module will be delivered in three theory classes on one hour duration per week for 15 weeks and one practical class of one hour duration per week for 15 weeks. Lectures will be delivered using powerpoint presentations, group discussions, and any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures. Biomechanics: This part of the module will be taught in the second semester of the academic year. It will comprise of two one-hour lectures and one two-hour practical per week for 15 weeks. Lecture notes and announcements will be available on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Practical classes will be delivered in the Physiology Laboratory, Lab notes will be available on Blackboard.
Module Aim: To provide the student with a basic understanding of movement and how movement is controlled. To understand processes involved in motor learning. To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of external biomechanics and their effect on human movement. To introduce the student to equipment and protocols related to quantitative analysis of human movement.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the role of the nervous and sensory systems in motor performance and analyse how the environment influences motor performance.
LO2 Understand the stages of learning and apply practice and training theories involved in motor skill acquisition.
LO3 Explain concepts in relation to linear kinetics, linear kinemtatics, work, power and energy applied to human movement.
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of selected experimental biomechanical techniques related to human movement.
LO5 Collect, analyse and interpret biomechanical data of a human movement and present the findings with interpretation.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Motor control: Motor Skill Classification, Performance measures - Outcome v Performance, Neurophysiological basis of motor control. Organisation of movement - motor control hierarchy. Motor Development - reflexes, rhythmic, voluntary movement. Feedback ,feed forward control. Proprioception and vision (somatosensation). Motor programmes. Motor abilities. Motor Learning - Stages of learning, skill acquisition and maturation. Practice Schedules. Biomechanics: This part of the module will focus on the theory and related equations for the following area - linear kinetics and kinematics; work , power and energy.
Motor control: Motor Skill Classification, Reaction Time - Simple and Choice Sitations, Somatosensation, Proprioception, Static and Dynamic Balance, Motor Learning - Constant v Variable Practice Schedules. Biomechanics: The practical classes will develop the student's ability with collecting and assessing quantitative data using biomechanics equipment and respective protocols. Undertake a quantitative analysis of a human movement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Three separate exams/assessments which may take the form of MCQ, short answer exam questions, presentations or essay type course work 1,2 30.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Motor control: Practical/oral examination during which the students will answer questions on material covered in both practical and theory classes throughout the module. Completion of motor control practical worksheets. Biomechanics: Powerpoint presentation to lecturer and peers on a topic covered from the lectures and / or practical classes. Motor control comprises 20% of the practical assessment and Biomechanics comprises 20% of the practical assessment. 1,2,4,5 40.00 Week 30
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Written examination of two hours duration answered on biomechanics section only. 3,4 30.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.50
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.33
Total Hours 160.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 2 Mandatory