EHR214 Skill Acquisition (8)

This subject uses a behavioural approach to explore a broad range of factors and processes affecting skilled motor behaviour. Emphasis is placed on the developing general principles that human movement practitioners can apply to influence motor performance and skill learning.

The subject is delivered around (4) units of study:

1. Skill acquisition and professional practice;

2. Concepts of motor behaviour;

3. Factors influencing motor control; and

4. Motor skill assessment and intervention.

After completing this subject, students will be able to analyse motor skill situations to predict and/or explain motor performance behaviour, manipulation task and environmental factors to facilitate desired motor performance outcomes, and develop strategies to facilitate motor skill learning in a variety of settings. It is compulsory for students studying online to attend a two (2)-day residential school for this subject.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR214. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Education (Health & PE)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Ideally, students would have completed EHR119, EHR120 and EHR225 prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the relevance of skill acquisition theory to professional practice in human movement settings;
  • be able to assess the demands placed on the performer and identify the functional requirements during motor skill execution based on performer, task and environmental characteristics;
  • be able to develop strategies to measure motor performance that meet assessment needs and discuss how motor abilities may explain individual differences in motor behaviour and the capacity for skill learning;
  • be able to explain the neuromotor basis of motor control and discuss theories for how skilled motor behaviour is accomplished in various situations;
  • be able to discuss sensory contributions to motor control and the production of skilled motor behaviour in various situations;
  • be able to evaluate task situational and personal factors operating in motor skill situations and explain their influence on motor behaviour;
  • be able to develop strategies to direct attention and enhance motor memory in various motor skill situations;
  • be able to predict performer and performance changes that accompany skill acquisition and develop assessment procedures to diagnose errors and evaluate the success of motor skill interventions;
  • be able to explain factors affecting the transfer of motor skill learning from one situation to another and develop strategies to maximise positive transfer in various motor skill learning situations;
  • be able to select appropriate methods for providing instructions and feedback to enhance motor skill learning in various situations;
  • be able to design appropriate practise activities and schedules to enhance motor skill learning in various situations;
  • be able to determine appropriate types of practise to enhance motor skill learning in various situations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Classification of motor skills;
  • Motor abilities and individual differences;
  • Neuromotor basis of motor control;
  • Sensory contributions to motor control;
  • Theories of motor control;
  • Characteristics of functional skills;
  • Action preparation;
  • Attention and memory;
  • Assessment of motor skill learning;
  • Stages of motor skill learning;
  • Performer and performance changes with motor skill learning;
  • Transfer of motor skill learning;
  • Motor skill instruction and performer feedback;
  • Designing motor skill instruction sessions;
  • Types of motor skill practise.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

It is compulsory for Online Study students to attend a two (2)-day COMPULSORY Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period. This Residential School is necessary in order to develop practical skills to meet learning outcomes and comply with accreditation requirements.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.
All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.