Division of Health and Physical Education
WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
PE 415 - Lifespan Motor Development Instructor: Dr. Brian Caster
Fall Term, 2005 (CRN 10908) Office: NPE 219
Location: Std 102b Phone: (503)838-8364
Days: TuTh Time: 12:30-1:50 (541)753-6264
Office Hrs: MWF 9:00 – 10:00 am
WF 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Course Description This course will provide students of physical education and exercise science with a knowledge base in the study of changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes, and the factors that affect them.
Students successfully completing this course will be able to competently:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the human developmental process across the lifespan.
2. Debate current trends and issues in motor development research.
3. Distinguish developmental issues from other motor skill issues.
4. Describe current theories used to study human motor development.
5. Distinguish between roles of genetics and extrinsic factors on growth and aging.
6. Identify developmental and aging changes in physiological, skeletal and neuromotor
7. Identify elements and developmental progression of basic movement patterns, including stability, locomotion, upper & lower extremity ballistic skills and manipulative skills.
8. Understand the role of changes in visual, kinesthetic and auditory systems in motor skill development.
9. Discuss the interactions between cognitive and motor development across the lifespan.
10. Understand and apply interactions among individual, environmental and task constraints to problems of motor development.
Text: Haywood & Getchell (2005). Life Span Motor Development (4th ed).
(NOTE: 3rd Edition, 2001 is acceptable)
1. Written Assignments
Weekly written assignments will involve observation and practical application relative to specific motor development topics.
Students will be tested on information covered in lecture and readings. Exams will consist of essay questions which provide for comparison and contrast among principles and for practical application. The midterm and final are weighted equally, and represent a test of knowledge over respective components of the course (final is not comprehensive).
The above requirements will contribute to the final grade as follows:
Written Assignments: 20%
Midterm Exam: 40%
Final Exam: 40%
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
Weekly Topics and Readings
Week# Reading Topic(s)
Week 1 Introduction to Motor Development
Chapter 1 Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations
Chapter 17 Interactions Among Constraints
Week 2 Physical Growth and Aging
Chapter 3 Physical Growth, Maturation and Aging
Chapter 4 Development and Aging of Body Systems
Week 3 Impact of Perceptual-Motor Development
Chapter 9 Sensory-Perceptual Development
Chapter 10 Perception and Action in Development
Week 4 Physical Fitness over the Lifespan
Chapter 14 Development of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Chapter 15 Development of Strength and Flexibility
Chapter 16 Development of Body Composition
Week 5 Catch-up & Review for Midterm
Midterm Exam (exact date announced in class)
Week 6 Chapter 5 Early Motor Development
Week 7 Chapter 6 Development of Human Locomotion
Week 8 Chapter 7 Development of Ballistic Skills
Week 9 Chapter 8 Development of Manipulative Skills
Week 10 Additional Topics; Catch-up & Review for Final
Week 11 Final Exam Thursday, Dec 8th, 10:00am