Division of Health and Physical Education



The mission of the Division of Health and Physical Education is to promote healthy, active lifestyles and to

enhance the academic preparation of future professionals.


PE 310 - Motor Learning (CRN 10894) Instructor: Dr. Brian Caster

Fall Term, 2005 Office: NPE 219

Std 102b Phone: (503) 838-8364

MWF 10:00-10:50am e-mail: casterb@wou.edu

Office Hrs: MWF 9:00 10:00 am

WF 2:00 3:00 pm


Course Description: This course will introduce students of physical education and exercise science to the processes underlying skilled human performance. The learning of skilled motor patterns will be examined, with particular application to areas of teaching, coaching and rehabilitation.


Course Objectives

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

1. Classify movement skills according to cognitive, temporal and environmental factors.

2. Identify the determinants of Reaction Time for various categories of movement.

3. Identify sensory contributions to various categories of skilled performance.

4. Outline the historical development of current General Motor Program theory.

5. Identify determinants of accuracy in targeting movements.

6. Discuss implications of individual differences relative to motor control principles.

7. Design single and multi-task practice sessions which will foster efficient motor skill learning among the targeted group.

8. Identify the Stages of Learning and apply instructional practices appropriate at each stage.

9. Discuss the roles of Knowledge of Results and Knowledge of Performance in motor skill learning.

Text: Schmidt & Wrisberg (2004). Motor Learning and Performance (3rd ed).



1. Written Assignments & Reading/Lecture Quizzes

Weekly writing assignments and quizzes on reading and lecture material will be given to allow students to gauge progress and understanding of course material.


2. Exams

Students will be tested on information covered in lecture and readings. Exams will consist of a combination of short answer, essay and multiple choice questions, with detailed study guides distributed at least one week prior to each exam.



The above requirements will contribute to the final grade as follows:

Assignments/Quizzes: 10%

Midterm Exam: 45%

Final Exam: 45%

Total points accrued for a given grading category will be divided by total possible points for that category, the resulting percentage value weighted in the manner prescribed above. Letter grades will be assigned to your overall percentage grade as follows (decimal values of .5 and greater will be rounded up):

A: 93-100 A-: 90-92 B+: 88-89 B: 83-87 B-: 80-82

C+: 78-79 C: 73-77 C-: 70-72 D+: 68-69 D: 63-67 D-: 60-62 F: 0-59


Course Outline


Week# Reading Topic(s)


Week 1 Preface, Chapters 1 & 2 Motor Skill Defined; Skill Classification; Individual Differences and Motor Abilities


Week 2 Chapter 3 Processing Information and Making Decisions


Week 3 Chapter 4 Sensory Contributions to Skilled Performance


Week 4 Chapter 5 Motor Program Theory

Week 5 Chapter 6 Movement Accuracy; Midterm Review


Midterm Exam (exact date announced in class)


Week 6 Chapters 7, 11 & 12 Practice Preparation


Week 7 Chapter 8 Practice Presentation


Week 8 Chapter 9 Practice Structure


Week 9 Chapter 10 The Role of Feedback in Practice


Week 10 Catch-up and Review for Final


Week 11 Final Exam Wed, Dec 7th, 10:00 am