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SPEX202 Motor Behaviour

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An introduction to the discipline of motor behaviour, consisting of motor control, learning, and development. Covers the typical process of skill acquisition and the systems and function of human movement.

Paper title Motor Behaviour
Paper code SPEX202
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,213.25

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(ANAT 101 or PHSL 101) or HUBS 191 or PHSE 102 or PHSE 191 or PSYC 111 or SPEX 102
PHSE 202
Schedule C

Dr Neil Anderson

Teaching staff

Lecturers: Professor Chris Button, Dr Rebekah Blakemore, Dr Neil Anderson

Teaching Arrangements

Three 1-hour lectures per week
Three 2-hour tutorials per semester
Three 2-hour labs per semester

Internal assessment will count for 50% of the final mark and all work must be completed to meet Terms (i.e., to sit the final examination that counts for 50%).


  • Information concerning all aspects of the paper will be provided via the Blackboard site and during the lecture/seminar.

Student responsibilities and participation:

  • It is your responsibility as a student to be aware of the requirements, including how to meet Terms, for this paper.
  • It is essential that you attend lectures and check university email every weekday.

Highly recommended:
Haibach-Beach, P. S., Reid, G., & Collier, D.H. (2017). Motor Learning and Development (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper, students should be able to:

  • Explain the major theoretical frameworks for motor control, learning and development.
  • Explain how motor behaviour can be analysed and measured.
  • Define and classify motor abilities and skills.
  • Explain the roles of the skeletal system, neural messages, sensory feedback, the spinal cord, the neural pathways, and the brain in motor behaviour.
  • Identify optimal instruction and feedback methods for specific learners in specific contexts.
  • Observe and evaluate the levels of fundamental and applied motor skills.
  • Apply video technology for the qualitative analysis of human movement.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 31, 36, 38
A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 31, 36, 38
A3 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 31, 36, 38
A4 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 31, 36, 38
A5 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 31, 36, 38
A6 Thursday 10:00-11:50 31, 36, 38
A7 Friday 12:00-13:50 31, 36, 38
A8 Friday 14:00-15:50 31, 36, 38
A9 Monday 12:00-13:50 31, 36, 38
A10 Thursday 14:00-15:50 31, 36, 38


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29, 34, 40
A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29, 34, 40
A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29, 34, 40
A4 Friday 14:00-15:50 29, 34, 40
A5 Monday 14:00-15:50 29, 34, 40
A6 Friday 14:00-15:50 29, 34, 40
A7 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29, 34, 40