Core Module Information
Module title: Skill Acquisition: Motor Learning & Control

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES07106
Module leader: Tom Johnston
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

Skill acquisition is the study of our ability to acquire and develop movement skills. This module will provide you with a theoretical framework for understanding how performers progress from novice to expert performers. The principles of motor control and skill acquisition also underpin the acquisition of everyday life movement skills and are therefore also applicable to diverse areas in rehabilitation and ergonomics.

This module will examine the effect of a variety of aspects on skill acquisition, performance, retention and transfer. These aspects will include: Type of skill, practice and feedback, perception, memory, and degrees of Freedom. Relevant theories, derived from information processing or dynamic systems perspectives, shall be considered to offer potential explanations for the effects of these aspects. Practical and tutorial sessions will review and replicate/test research findings, in small scale applied settings. This will stimulate awareness about issues in motor learning research and will require practical implementation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Develop an understanding of the main areas of research which encompass motor learning and control.
LO2: Identify and examine current issues in the acquisition, retention and transfer of motor skills.
LO3: Differentiate between cognitive and ecological perspectives of skilled behaviour
LO4: Identify and evaluate factors influencing the acquisition of motor skills

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tom Johnston
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The lecture programme will develop your ability to reflect on relevant theoretical concepts and discern their real-world applications (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4). A series of topics are covered to facilitate a breadth of learning across the discipline. The practical sessions are structured to encourage you to discuss, experience and create scenarios that explore skill learning. Tutorials will allow you to clarify their understanding of lecture topics, readings, and assist them in completing and preparing for formative and summative assessments. Independent study both individually and in groups, should enhance your understanding of the area. The unsupervised group work may be particularly useful in helping students to use technology and refine ideas for the lab work.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs through: the use of TurningPoint © or an equivalent voting system, which will be used to quiz your knowledge and understanding within and at the end of lectures.
The designing and implementing of an experiment and the production of a lab report.

Summative Assessment:
An edited video (with commentary) showing and explaining the implementation of a session that you designed, taking into account relevant variables, and so optimise learning of a specific skill accompanied with a supporting report. This should include references the literature/research that supports your selection of content. This should be submitted in week 11.

A formal examination of Multiple Choice and Short Answer questions is completed in weeks 14/15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Seminar 9
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 154
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES07106 Skill Acquisition: Motor Learning & Control