Motor Learning and Performance – EXSC 545

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course includes the philosophy and application of qualitative movement analysis as the foundation for exercise prescription within a standard operating procedure.




The purpose of this course is to allow the student the opportunity to further understand the principles related to information processing, decision making, and movement planning involved in a skilled behavior. Furthermore, the student will be exposed to the current trends and practices used by a variety of different professions in various settings to enhance motor learning and performance.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the theoretical approaches that drive motor control and learning research.
  2. Explain the principles and processes underlying skilled performance.
  3. Recognize the ways in which the human motor system supports the acquisition and retention of complex movement skills.
  4. Apply theories of motor learning to practical situations both when learning new skills and evaluating performance of current skills.
  5. Evaluate current research in order to connect findings to topics presented in Discussion Board Forums and other written assignments.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must contain at least 2 citations in current APA format from any of the following sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, published textbooks, or publications directly associated with the content being discussed. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and include at least 1 citation in current APA format from the above listed sources.

Multimedia Research Project

Multimedia Research Project – Proposal

The student must write 1–2 pages in a Microsoft Word document and include a presentation topic, a reference list of at least 3 peer-reviewed references in current APA format, and 1 page explaining why the topic was chosen along with other relevant information provided in the instructions.

Multimedia Research Project – Outline

The student must create a 1–2-page Microsoft Word document in outline format that details his or her multimedia presentation. The outline must specifically indicate the main focus of each slide and provide some insight into the narrative of each slide.

Multimedia Research Project – Presentation

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation, with at least 15 slides, that focuses on a specific sport skill and a recommended plan to improve the skill. The presentation must include 4–5 peer-reviewed references in current APA format, which are listed on the final slide of the presentation.

Journal Article Review

The student will write a review of a researched journal article. The article review must be 2–4 pages, in current APA format, and based on a scholarly journal article that focuses on motor learning and performance.

Exams (3)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the previously assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 40–50 multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and essay questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes.