Singapore University of Social Sciences

Motor Development and Learning (BSE201)

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Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Education

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This course enhances the teacher’s knowledge of the growth and motor behaviour of children from conception through adolescence. It is a study of childhood growth and maturation as they relate to motor learning and skill acquisition. Principles of cognitive, sensory, and motor processes, which underlie the learning of motor skills commonly included in the physical education curricula, are addressed and applied to the instruction of motor skills.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction to Motor Development and Learning
  • Theoretical perspectives in motor development
  • Prenatal development
  • Infant development
  • Development of controlled movement – Locomotion
  • Development of controlled movement – Manipulative abilities
  • Development of fundamental movement skills – Childhood
  • Development of fundamental movement skills – Adolescence
  • Acquisition and training of specialised sport skills
  • Motor learning
  • Instruction and augmented feedback
  • Practice conditions

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the theoretical frameworks/models (i.e., Dynamical Systems and Information Process) and their application to teaching selected fundamental movement skills and specialized sports skills.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how movement skills develop as a result of growth.
  • Describe the major changes that occur during prenatal and infant development.
  • Discuss the maturation processes that underlie the development of locomotion.
  • Observe and assess the proficiency of a child's development of fundamental movement skills.
  • Describe the changes that occur during the adolescent period and how it relates to changes in physical fitness.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the terms commonly used in motor development and motor learning for Physical Education.
  • Explain the stages of learning identified by Fitts and Posner and apply the stages to teaching selected fundamental movement and specialised sports skills.
  • Identify what motor skills are likely to benefit from demonstrations and how frequently demonstrations should be provided.
  • Illustrate how practice scheduling and types of feedback enhances motor skill acquisition.
  • Categorise movements (reflexive, rudimentary, fundamental, specialised sport skills).
  • Identify qualitative performances of motor skill execution using the Total Body observation (phase/stage) and Component observation (body component/step) approaches to movement analysis of a variety of fundamental motor skills.
  • Recognise and solve movement errors appropriately to learners’ stage of development in fundamental motor skills.
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