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Physical Growth and Motor Development

Course Code: SPSC 1195
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

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

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%

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

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.

assessments

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