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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6235
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-03-10
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-07-03
  2. Department: Physical Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173200000
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Ellery
  6. Phone: 9743443
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PET
  9. Number: 6235
  10. Full Title: Motor Learning
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Motor Learning
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Department Approval/Permission of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course deals with motor learning research as it relates to exercise science. Emphasis will be placed upon normal developmental patterns and behaviors and motor learning principles throughout the life span.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is part of a new Plan III Program of Study in Exercise Science that has just been approved by the College of Education Graduate Program Committee and the College Council.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course would be open to students from other colleges interested in exercise science and health. This is a new course that has not been offered in the past, but enrollment is anticipated to be approximately 15 to 20 students per class.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All faculty teaching this course have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline and hold at least a masters degree.
  29. Objectives: By the end of this course, the student should have the following competencies:

    6.1. Identify and control the factors which affect motor skill acquisition and performance (e.g., practice distribution demonstrations, reinforcement, transfer of learning, use of videotape).

    6.2. Analyze movements relative to perceptual-motor elements.

    6.3. Evaluate and conduct research in motor learning.

    6.4. Interpret data obtained from various testing instruments and prescribe remedial physical activity based on those results.

    6.5. Design, evaluate and implement learning environments which enhance motor skills acquisition in physical education, sport, or therapeutic settings.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Exam I:

    Exam I will be given in midsemester and will encompass all of the information covered in class up to that point. The exam may include multiple choice, true/false, matching response, short and long answer formats.

    Exam II:

    Exam II will be given during finalsí week and will encompass all of the information covered in class up to that point. The exam may include multiple choice, true/false, matching response, short and long answer formats.

    Research Project:

    Students will have to complete a research project that will allow them to familiarize themselves with research studies in the area of motor learning and how it affects skill levels. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 25% of the final grade.

    Content [14pts]

    American Psychological Association (APA) format [4pts]

    2 Scientific Journals [12pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]


    Students will have to research a subject in motor learning and present it to the rest of the class. Students will be encouraged to present their research to regional or national conferences. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 20% of the final grade.

    Comfort and confidence with material [14pts]

    Ability to describe subject-matter [14pts]

    Ability to respond to questions [12pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]

    Creativity [5pts]

    Timely [2pts]


    Students will be given assignments and have adequate time to complete and present to faculty. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 15% of the final grade.

    Content [14pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]

    Timely [4pts]

  31. Major Topics: 7.1. Introduction to Motor Behavior

    7.1.1. Evolution of a Field of Study Understanding Movement Origins of the Field

    7.1.2. Methodology for Studying Motor Performance Classification of Behavior Basic Considerations in Measurement Measuring Motor Behavior Empirical Equations

    7.1.3. Human Information Processing The Information-Processing Model Three Stages of Information Processing Memory

    7.1.4. Attention and Performance Types of Attention Theories of Attention Attention and Patterns of Interference Among Tasks Attention and Interference During Movement Anticipation Attention, Arousal, and Anxiety

    7.2. Motor Control

    7.2.1. Sensory Contributions to Motor Control Vision Audition Proprioceptors Proprioception Influences on Motor Control Feedforward Influences on Motor Control

    7.2.2. Central Contributions to Motor Control Open-Loop Processes Central Control Mechanisms Central Control of Rapid Movements Motor Program Issues Generalized Motor Programs

    7.2.3. Principles of Simple Movement Fitts' Law: The Logarithmic Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off The Linear Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off The Temporal Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off Central Contributions to the Speed-Accuracy Trade-Offs Correction Models of the Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off

    7.2.4. Coordination Discrete Tasks Continuous Tasks

    7.2.5. Individual Differences and Capabilities Experimental Versus Differential Approaches Correlational Methods Abilities Taxonomies Prediction Individual-Difference Variables

    7.3. Motor Learning

    7.3.1. Motor Learning Concepts and Research Methods Motor Learning Defined Measuring Motor Learning Designing Experiments on Learning Some Alternative Methods for Measuring Learning Issues About the "Amount" of Learning Importance of Understanding Learning and Performance Variables

    7.3.2. Conditions of Practice The Most Important Condition: Amount of Practice Prepractice Considerations Distribution of Practice Variability of Practice Contextual Interference: Blocked Versus Random Practice Mental Practice Part Versus Whole Practice Guidance Principles of Practice Specificity

    7.3.3. Augmented Feedback Classifications and Definitions Research on Augmented Feedback Evaluating the Effects of Augmented Feedback Knowledge of Performance Knowledge of Results Theoretical Issues: How Does Augmented Feedback "Work"?

    7.3.4. The Learning Process Characteristics of the Learning Process Two Theories of Motor Learning Differing Theoretical Perspectives of Motor Learning

    7.3.5. Retention and Transfer Fundamental Distinctions and Definitions Measuring Retention and Transfer Retention and Motor Memory Retention Loss Transfer of Learning

  32. Textbooks: Required text:

    Schmidt, R. & Lee, T (1999). Motor control and learning: A behavioral emphasis (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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