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Motor Skill Acquisition

Course Code: SPSC 1164
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with knowledge of motor skill acquisition, the variables which influence the learning and performance of motor skills, and principles of motor control.

Course Content

  1. The Basis of Motor Skill Acquisition
    1. Learning and Performance
      • Motor performance and motor learning
      • Types of learning
      • Measurement of learning
      • Individual differences in learning
      • Theories and concepts of learning
    2. The Nature of Skill
      • Definition
      • Classification
      • Skill and habit
    3. Stages of Learning
      • Verbal-cognitive stage
      • Motor stage
      • Autonomous stage
    4. Factors Influencing Skill Acquisition
      • Feedback
      • Demonstrations
      • Instructions
      • Rehearsal
    5. Type of Practice
      • Massed versus Distributed practice
      • Variable versus Constant practice
      • Random versus Blocked practice
      • Serial practice
  2. Principles of Motor Control
    1. Learning and Performance
      • Closed-loop model
      • Open-loop model
    2. The information processing framework
      • Stimulus-identification stage
      • Response selection stage
      • Response programming stage
    3. Factors influencing motor control
      • Psychological factors
      • Environmental factors
    4. Type of research methods and performance measures
      • Outcome and process measures
      • Scientific method
      • Statistical analyses in motor research
  3. Psycho-social factors related to motor skill learning, control, and performance, specifically with respect to factors of:
    1. Socialization
      • Environmental conditions 
      • Learning styles
    2. Personality
      • Anxiety
      • Arousal
      • Anticipation
      • Expertise
    3. Motivation
      • Goals

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Discussion Groups
  • Laboratories
  • Practice Applications
  • Field Observation
  • Technology Assisted Learning

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:

Mid-term Examination 20%
Final Examination 20%
Application Project 30%
Experiment 10%
Laboratory Assignment 20%

Learning Outcomes

After having completed the course as outlined below, students will have acquired a basic knowledge of:

  1. The basis of motor skill acquisition, specifically with respect to:
    • Learning and performance
    • The nature of skill
    • Stages of learning
    • Factors influencing skill acquisition
    • Types of practice
  2. Principles of motor control associated with:
    • Learning and performance
    • The information processing framework
    • Factors influencing motor control
    • Type of research methods and performance measures
  3. Psycho-social factors related to motor skill learning, control, and performance, specifically with respect to factors of:
    • Socialization
    • Personality
    • Motivation

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.

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