Curriculum Guideline

Physical Growth and Motor Development

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
SPSC 1195
Descriptive
Physical Growth and Motor Development
Department
Sport Science
Faculty
Science & Technology
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Contact Hours
4
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction

1. Lecture
2. Discussion seminars
3. Practical applications
4. Technology assisted learning
5. Group presentations

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion seminars
  3. Practical applications
  4. Technology assisted learning
  5. Group presentations
Course Description
The student will develop a basic working knowledge of physical growth and motor development from a life span perspective. Students will be challenged to apply this knowledge to integrate their learning and develop strategies to foster optimal motor development in every individual.
Course Content
  1. Physical Growth
    The student will:
    • Describe reflex behaviour
    • Describe the concepts associated with rudimentary movement
    • Describe factors that influence physical growth
    • Describe the relationship between physical growth and participation in physical activity
    • Describe the concept of the growth curve and the implications for participation in physical activity
    • Describe the effects of puberty on physical growth and on participation in physical activity
    • Describe the concepts of developmental, skeletal and chronological age and their relationship to participation in sport and fitness activities
    • Describe the use of growth standards and anthropometric measures within the context of physical education
  2. Motor Development
    The student will:
    • Describe motor development, perceptual-motor development and motor abilities and the implications for participation in physical activity
    • Describe the effects of physical fitness and training on motor abilities
    • Discuss motor development research issues within the context of physical education
    • Describe the use of a motor development model within the context of physical education
    • Describe the relationship between self-concept and motor development
  3. Fundamental Movement Patterns
    The student will:
    • Identify the stages involved in human locomotory movements:
      • walking
      • running
      • jumping
      • hopping
      • galloping
      • skipping
    • Describe the application of human locomotory stages to human movement over the lifespan
    • Identify the stages involved in object control movements:
      • throwing
      • catching
      • kicking
      • punting
      • striking
    • Describe the application of object control stages to human movement over the lifespan
    • Identify the concepts involved in stability:
      • static balance 
      • dynamic balance
    • Describe the application of stability concepts to human movement over the lifespan
  4. Technology Assisted Learning
    The student will:
    • Use Dartfish to understand and analyze human movement
  5. Applied Practices
    The student will:
    • Describe the issue of physical growth and motor development programs over the lifespan
    • Critically examine the issues associated with the use of physical growth and motor development programs and practices
    • Understand how research methodologies are used
    • Describe assessment programs and practices and the implications for participation in physical activity
    • Describe concepts and issues related to constraints within the context of physical growth and motor development applied practices
    • Examine the effects of self-esteem and self-concept on participation in physical activities and on motor development.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe human physical growth and the implications to participation in physical activity over the lifespan.
2. Describe human motor development and the implications to participation in physical activity over the 
lifespan.
3. Analyze fundamental movement patterns.
4. Use Dartfish to understand and analyze human movement.
5. Examine human physical growth and motor development in applied practice

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

  1. Describe human physical growth and the implications to participation in physical activity over the lifespan.
  2. Describe human motor development and the implications to participation in physical activity over the lifespan.
  3. Analyze fundamental movement patterns.
  4. Use Dartfish to understand and analyze human movement.
  5. Examine human physical growth and motor development in applied practice
    Means of Assessment

    The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. 

    The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

    Examinations 40%
    Movement Analysis 15%
    Applied Case Study 20%
    Learning Activities & Labs 20%
    Attendance/Participation 5%
    TOTAL 100%

     

     

    Textbook Materials

    Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:

    • Haywood, K.M. and N. Getchell (2009). Lifespan Motor Development (5th ed). Champaign, IL. Human Kinetics