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EDH3155 Scientific Bases of Movement 2

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Scientific Bases of Movement 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Susan Wilson-Gahan


Pre-requisite: EDH2253


Students from a wide variety of professions related to sport and exercise, movement therapies and health and physical education teaching, need an understanding of the scientific bases of human movement, including functional anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, skill acquisition and psychological parameters of performance in a variety of physical performance contexts. Understanding the sub-disciplines that contribute to the production of movement, movement control, and the determinants of movement efficiency that sustain physical activity is essential for working in a number of movement contexts.

The principles of motor learning provide a platform for the design of appropriate learning environments with feedback structures that facilitate the acquisition of skilled motor behaviours. Applying knowledge of the processes and stages of learning physical skills and improving human movement capability is necessary to improving the quality of skills and the capacity for enhanced performance. An understanding of the prescription, processes and effects of movement training and exercise are also essential in these contexts.


Students will develop, apply and evaluate advanced knowledge that is important for a myriad of specialised areas of interest. They will engage in a variety of lab experiences and practical exercises. The opportunity will be provided for students to specialise in certain discipline areas and undertake tasks of particular interest to future professions.

The course includes the study of human movement from a scientific bases of movement perspective and analyses the interdisciplinary framework that underpins human movement. Students will apply and evaluate information about the development of motor skills and the relationship between the body systems and the capacity for human physical performance. Research into the theoretical principles of teaching, coaching and rehabilitation in movement underpins the learning and understanding. The capacity to apply new knowledge in a diverse range of contexts and environments across age, stages of movement learning and gender demographics in developed.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify the anatomical and physiological components of human movement in biomechanical terms and apply biomechanical principles to the analysis of physical performance (APST 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.4, 5.2);
  2. explain and analyse the variables which may affect motor learning and skill acquisition (APST 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.4, 5.2);
  3. identify and evaluate the psychological parameters of performance and evaluate the components of psychological skills training relevant to improved physical performance (APST 1.1, 4.1, 4.4, 5.2);
  4. synthesise and evaluate researched information related to the biomechanics of human movement, motor learning, skill acquisition and psychological parameters of performance to create a seminar presentation (APST 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 4.1, 4.4, 5.2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biomechanics of human movement 25.00
2. Motor learning and skill acquisition 25.00
3. Psychological parameters of performance 25.00
4. Exercise and training program analysis and evaluation 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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(There is no set text for this course.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Abernethy, B, Kippers, V, Hanrahan, SJ, Pandy, MG, McManus, A & Mackinnon, L 2013, The biophysical foundations of human movement, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
Schmidt, RA & Lee, TD 2014, Motor learning and performance: from principles to application, 5th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
Weinberg, R & Gould, D 2019, Foundations of sport and exercise psychology, 7th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH JOURNAL 40 40 02 Apr 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion forums scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assessment items are designed to determine the extent to which the course objectives have been achieved. A full assessment outline and appropriate assessment criteria will be provided.

  2. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the online offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. The course objectives for EDH3155 define the student learning outcomes in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) which need to be evident in education courses.

  4. Risk Management: This course involves active participation in physical activity. The course examiner should be informed of any medical conditions which may be exacerbated by involvement in physical activity. You need to wear clothing and athletic shoes appropriate to the conditions. In many cases the practical sessions will be run in an outdoor environment. You are required to use appropriate sun safety behaviours and to wear protective clothing such as shirts with sleeves, headwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. There are no other risks beyond the ordinary. Arrival in inappropriate attire will be considered as non-participation.

Date printed 19 June 2020