HLTH SC 3201 - Exercise, Movement & Cognition

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course aims to introduce students to the current theory and application of knowledge in the field of motor skill learning. A theoretical framework of the motor learning will be introduced as well as the neurological basis for performance and learning of movement tasks. This will provide students the basis for understanding how movement is initiated, learned and taught. Satisfactory completion of the course will see you develop an understanding of the principles required to provide effective instruction and feedback to optimise learning of motor skills in people with varied needs and skill levels in different sporting and clinical scenarios.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 3201
    Course Exercise, Movement & Cognition
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 2102
    Assumed Knowledge PHYSIOL 3120
    Course Description This course aims to introduce students to the current theory and application of knowledge in the field of motor skill learning. A theoretical framework of the motor learning will be introduced as well as the neurological basis for performance and learning of movement tasks. This will provide students the basis for understanding how movement is initiated, learned and taught. Satisfactory completion of the course will see you develop an understanding of the principles required to provide effective instruction and feedback to optimise learning of motor skills in people with varied needs and skill levels in different sporting and clinical scenarios.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Simranjit Sidhu

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the cognitive/neurophysiological processes underlying performance and retention of movement skills in different every day, clinical and sporting situations
    2. Describe the major physiological changes and mechanisms that occur in perception, decision-making and movement execution
    3. Describe the major processes underlying the short and long-term retention of movement information
    4. Report how the practice environment and mode of feedback influence both skill acquisition and retention of movement
    5. Describe how nerve cells change their organisation as a consequence of motor learning
    6. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate posture and balance control
    7. Demonstrate an ability to use advanced concepts in resistance and functional exercise training to develop and report outcome of training for a clinical or sporting population
    8. Describe motor changes with aging and the role of exercise in aging and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
    9. Demonstrate an ability to design new and/or modify existing ways to assess motor skills/learning in various exercise and/or clinical contexts
    10. Appreciate scientific methods and research processes as it relates to movement learning


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    9-10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    9-10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    9-10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    In Exercise, Movement and Cognition, there are no required textbooks.
    Recommended Resources
    Several texts will be helpful in guiding your understanding of the course material, and you will be directed to the relevant resources at the appropriate time. A sample of helpful resources is provided below:  
          
    1. Magill, R.A. 2011 (9th Edition) Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications. McGraw-Hill
    2. Shumway-Cook, A. & Woollacott, M.H. (5th Edition) Motor Control: Translating Research Into Clinical Practice. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
    3. Ives, J.C. (2014) Motor Behaviour: connecting mind and body for optimal performance. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
    4. Schmidt, R. A., & Lee, T. D. (2011). Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis (5th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
    References to various scientific journal articles will also be made. Understanding the science/research in relation to these articles is essential for a high score in the course. These journals are available online on the library website (e.g. pubmed) for university students.

    Online Learning
    Lectures will be implemented online using audio-visual recordings and students are expected to view and go through
    the online lectures prior to the physical lecture timeslot which will be used as a “tutorial” platform to reinforce lecture content, discuss and engage in activities related to lecture material (i.e. lectorials). The lectorial sessions will not be recorded.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered via online lectures, lectorials, practicals and small group discovery experience (SGDE). A total of 3 practical
    and 4 SGDE sessions will be held in the semester to provide students with an opportunity to translate concepts learnt in theory to practical/research contexts and to demonstrate their innovativeness. Students’ understanding of the material will be assessed using written assessments (mid-semester and final examinations), online quizzes and reports. Students should use the lecture outline and learning objectives at the beginning of each lecture as study guide for all assessments in the course.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A full-time student should expect to spend, on average, a total of 48 hours per week on their studies.  This includes both the formal
    contact time required for the course (e.g. lectorials, practicals and SGDE), as well as non-contact time (e.g. viewing online lectures, reading and revision). Exercise, Movement and Cognition is a 3-unit course.  As such, the expected workload will on average be 12 hours per week, including up to 4 contact hours per week.


    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will cover the following topics in a series of online lectures and face-to-face lectorials, practicals and SGDE. Please note that this schedule may be subject to minor changes at the discretion of the course coordinator. If any changes to the schedule are implemented, an announcement would be made on MyUni at least 7 days in advance of the event occurrence.

    Week 1: Introduction to motor behaviour + Internal Models in Motor Learning

    Week 2: Understanding motor skills and measurement of motor performance (Quiz 1)

    Week 3: Performance Characteristics and Action Preparation

    Week 4: Attention and Memory (Quiz 2)

    Week 5: Motor Skill Learning (SGDE 1)

    Week 6: Demonstrations and verbal instructions + Augmented feedback and structure of practice (Prac 1 + Quiz 3)

    Week 7: Cellular Basis of Learning (Mid-Sem Exam + SGDE 2)

    Week 8: Functional Training (Prac 2)

    Week 9: Posture and Balance (SGDE 3)

    Week 10: Motor Changes in Ageing (Prac 3 + Quiz 4)

    Week 11: Exercise Benefits in Ageing (SGDE 4; report submission + presentations)

    Week 12: Essentials of Parkinson's disease + Benefits of exercise in Parkinson's disease (Quiz 5)
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    There is a small-group discovery component in the Exercise, Cognition and Movement course. The SGDE component has a total weighting of 20% (15% for the individual report and 5% for the group presentation).

    SGDE for Exercise, Cognition and Movement is focused on demonstrating the translation of concepts learnt in theory to practical contexts.

    Each group will be randomly allocated a “skill” topic to demonstrate their practical abilities and innovativeness. Specifically, students will design new and/or modify existing ways to assess motor skills/learning in various exercise and/or clinical contexts.

    Throughout the project, students will work on group data collection, an individual written report and a group power point presentation on the topic. Assessment rubrics will be used for grading all components of SGDE.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Details of each assessment task are shown below. In brief, the course contains 2 written exams covering lecture/practical
    material, 5 summative quizzes, 3 practical mini assignments and small group discovery presentation and report. Dates and explicit details for each assessment task will be given in advance via MyUni.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Marks for the different components of the course are assigned in the following proportions.

    Written Exams (40% of total mark)

    Mid - Semester Written Exam (15%)

    Final Written Exam (25%)

    Lecture Components – (20% of total mark)

    5 quizzes on MyUni (4% each)

    Practical Components - (20% of total mark)

    3 practical mini assignments (6-8% each - attendance in labs is required to submit assignments and attain the grade)

    Lab 1 (8%)
    Labs 2-3 (6% each)

    Small Group Discovery Project - (20% of total mark)

    See SGDE assessment rubrics for more details. Attendance in all 4 sessions is compulsory to be eligible for final grading.
    Assessment Detail
    The final marks for Exercise, Movement & Cognition may be moderated under some circumstances. Moderation is only ever used to improve a mark or grade, not to decrease it.

    Mid - Semester & Final Written Exams

    Mid semester and final exams are designed to assess learning during the semester. The exam will assess understanding of principles and problem solving (both written and computational) capabilities. Questions will be based around lecture and practical material discussed throughout the semester.

    Lecture Components

    Students will complete 5 quizzes (multiple choice, fill in the blank and true/false questions) scattered throughout the semester that will be administered online via MyUni. The week during which a quiz is administered is clearly stated in the table of learning activities summary above. All quizzes will be due within a week from administration and the due date will be clearly stated when each quiz is made active on MyUni. This component will be used to reinforce key concepts from lectures for the written exams and will ensure students keep up with content throughout the semester.
     
    Practical Components

    Students will be required to answer a few questions related to the laboratory session that includes details of data collection, analysis and interpretation. Attendance is compulsory in the practical sessions in order to attain a grade for the submitted answers.

    Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) Component

    SGDE will be focused on demonstrating the translation of the concepts learnt in theory to practical contexts using innovativeness. Specifically, students will design new and/or modify existing ways to assess motor skills/learning in various exercise and/or clinical contexts and will be assessed on an individual written report and a powerpoint presentation. Further details will be provided in SGDE guidelines.

    Hurdle Requirements and Course Criteria

    To successfully pass the course students must achieve all of the following criteria:

    - Achieving a final combined mark for the written exams of 45% or higher.

    - Complete assessment tasks, including online/in-class quizzes, practical mini assignments and small group discovery components to a passable standard

    Any student not meeting these barrier requirements will not be eligible to pass the course, regardless of performance in other
    components.

    Replacement Exams Policy

    This applies to ALL exams, including those held during class, not just those at the end of semester exam period

    Students seeking a replacement examination must refer to the University policy. The policy and an application form can be downloaded from the following site: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html

    Requests for replacement examinations should be made by submission of the completed form and supporting documentation to the course coordinator. If the illness or exceptional personal circumstance occurred before the exam, students must submit their application for supplementary assessment no later than 5 business days after the occurrence of the condition, illness and/or exceptional personal circumstances, which form the grounds on which their application is made, regardless of the date of the
    primary exam. If the illness or exceptional personal circumstance occurred on the day of the exam, students must notify the course coordinator and apply for a supplementary exam within 5 business days of the date of the primary exam. The application will be considered by the School’s Examinations Committee who will decide the outcome based on the materials provided by the student in support of their application and in line with the policies of both the University and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    The School Examinations Committee will not approve applications for supplementary examinations where the nature of the illness is considered minor. This decision cannot be made where no evidence is provided as to the severity of the illness. We strongly respect the right of students to keep the specific nature of their illness confidential. However the new University Policy on Replacement exams requires your medical practitioner to complete sections 2-4 of the appropriate form: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/?dsn=policy.document;field=data;id=7446;m=view certifying that they considered your illness to be major. Replacement examinations cannot be approved without this certification (i.e. on the basis of a medical certificate alone). Students are strongly advised to take a copy of this form with them for completion by their medical practitioner at the time of their consultation.
    Submission
    1. Staff will clearly indicate the deadline (date and time) for coursework submission in the course information contained within MyUni. In addition, assessment deadlines will be announced via MyUni at least 7 days prior to the submission deadline.
    2. Unless otherwise indicated, coursework should be submitted electronically via MyUni. Any students experiencing technical difficulties should contact the course coordinator at the earliest opportunity.
    3. Coursework received after the deadline will be penalised as follows: 10% of total available points will be penalised per day (24 hour period or fraction thereof). An automatic zero mark will be applied after 7 days.
    4. The deadline time will be strictly enforced according to the digital time displayed. Weekends and public holidays ARE included as penalty days.
    5. Coursework submitted to any location other than those specified will not be accepted. This includes submissions to personal staff email addresses. Submission dates may be extended under exceptional circumstances. Please refer to the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy. You need to see the course coordinator at the earliest opportunity if you feel that you require an extension. Upon receipt of an application for extension http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/?dsn=policy.document;field=data;id=7446;m=view, staff may: Refuse permission for extension, specifying the appropriate reason(s); or Grant permission for extension without penalty; or Grant permission for extension with a penalty as guided by this policy.


    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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