Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

SPEX302 Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

An examination of skill acquisition and development as the human body grows from birth till death.

This paper provides students with the opportunity to teach children with unique learning needs and to study physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of life from conception to death. Before a student starts teaching a child on a one-on-one basis, or with another student at the Movement Development Clinic, all students go through a compulsory three-week pre-clinic training programme.

Paper title Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan
Paper code SPEX302
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,061.45

^ Top of page

SPEX 202 or (PHSE 202 and PHSE 203)
PHSE 305, PHSE 505
Schedule C

For students with a basic knowledge and experience of teaching, coaching and motor learning principles.


Associate Professor Motohide Miyahara (

Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer:  Associate Professor Motohide Miyahara

Paper Structure
  • Clinic preparation training
  • Clinic teaching
  • Lectures on physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of life from conception to death
Teaching Arrangements

Clinic preparation training is compulsory from weeks 1 to 2.


Papalia, D. E., Feldman, R. D. (2014). Experience Human Development (13th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Ethics, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A broad knowledge base of human development from a lifespan perspective
  • Skills to conduct assessment, make a curriculum and write lesson plans and evaluation for a child with unique learning needs
  • Positive attitudes for clinic clients and the individual student's own life


^ Top of page


Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system