Module Title:Motor Control
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered in three theory classes on one hour duration per week for 12 weeks and one practical class of one hour duration per week for 12 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. Lecture notes and announcements will be available on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Practical classes will be delivered in the Physiology Laboratory, students will be provided with a Workbook for completion during class, and submission at the end of the semester. Lab notes will also be available on Blackboard.
Module Aim: To provide the student with a basic understanding of movement, how movement is controlled, and current state of motor control theory. To introduce the student to the processes involved in motor learning.
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, analyze how the environment influences motor performance, and apply practice theories involved in the area of motor skill classification.
LO2 Explore the hierarchical organization of the motor control system and its involvement in reflex, rhythmic and voluntary movement control, and apply practice theories involved in the areas of motor motor abilities, proprioception and balance.
LO3 Describe the stages of learning, the changes that occur during motor skill acquisition, and apply practice theories involved in motor learning.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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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 Skill Classification, Performance measures, Organization of movement, Motor control hierarchy, Reflexes, Rhythmic and Voluntary movement. Feedback and Feed Forward control. Proprioception and Vision (Somatosensation). Motor Control Theory - Motor Program v Dynamic Pattern Theory. Motor Learning - Stages of learning, skill acquisition and maturation. Practice Schedules.
Motor Skill Classification, Reaction Time - Simple and Choice Situations, Somatosensation/Proprioception, Static and Dynamic Balance, Motor Learning - Constant v Variable Practice Schedules.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment75.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade of 35% in both CA and Practical requirements
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment (up to a maximum of 3 exams or assignments will take place during the semester) involving any of the following: MCQ, short answer, true or false type exams, oral exam, and/or project/presentation type assessments 1,2,3 75.00 Ongoing
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Workbook will be completed during and after practical classes to demonstrate the learning achieved and the students ability to associate practical application of theory material. Workbook will be submitted at the end of the semester. 1,3 25.00 End-of-Semester
No End of Module Formal Examination

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 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 3 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 3 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 3 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 3 Mandatory