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PHSE202 Movement Analysis and Control

An introduction to the biomechanics, coordination and control of the human movement system and the major constraints that influence human movement behaviour and the acquisition of skill.

The paper covers core concepts from the academic sub-disciplines of motor control, motor learning, motor development and biomechanics. Students will apply their fundamental knowledge of physics, mathematics, human anatomy, physiology and psychology to better understand how skilful movement is acquired and controlled. An emphasis on the mechanical principles that underlie movement is adopted within the paper.

Paper title Movement Analysis and Control
Paper code PHSE202
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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ANAT 250 or (HUBS 191 and HUBS 192) or (PHSE 191 and PHSE 192)
Suitable for students interested in how human movement is controlled, learnt, measured and analysed.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Chris Button
Lecturers: Dr Peter Lamb and Dr Jon Shemmell
Paper Structure
The paper covers four topics:
  • Fundamental movement analysis
  • Measuring and modelling movement
  • Constraints on movement
  • Enhancing movement
The paper uses a combination of lectures, laboratories and online tutorials to develop student understanding.
Teaching Arrangements
Laboratory attendance is compulsory.
Recommended Texts (Copies on restricted loan in Central or Science library):
  • McGinnis, P. (2013). Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise 3rd Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN-13: 9780736079662
  • Rose, D. J., & Christina, R. W. (2006). A multilevel approach to the study of motor control and learning. San Francisco, CA: Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
  • Davids, K., Button, C., & Bennett, S. (2007). Dynamics of skill acquisition: A constraints-led approach. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture. Many of these readings will be available online through Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Life-long learning.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand theories and concepts underlying acquisition, retention, transfer, and optimisation of movement skills
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of different theories of motor control
  • Apply movement principles to explain how the human body generates and controls movement in sport
  • Understand movement and coordination patterns, both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Be able to collect video recordings and derived data for qualitative and quantitative movement analysis
  • Appraise the effects of manipulating perceptual and motor constraints on movement coordination and control
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply ecological principles of movement coordination and control to the design and organisation of practice in exercise and sport environments
  • Apply analytical and technical skills in preparation for, and evaluation of, laboratory experiences
  • Work responsibly and safely with others in laboratory sessions

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 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
P1 Monday 11:00-13:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P2 Monday 14:00-16:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P3 Tuesday 11:00-13:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P4 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P5 Wednesday 11:00-13:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P6 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P7 Thursday 11:00-13:50 29, 32, 36, 39
P8 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29, 32, 36, 39