EHR330 Neuroscience of Motor Behaviour (8)

This subject explores the neuroscience of motor control and learning. Emphasis is placed on the functional neuroanatomy, organisation and integration of the neural subsystems involved in human movement. All levels of the nervous system are examined from peripheral sensory receptors and motor nerves to the highest levels of cerebral cortical function governing cognitive aspects of movement. Sensorimotor adaptations to musculoskeletal injury, exercise training, reduced use, ageing, skill learning and motor disturbances due to neurological disease will also be addressed. Laboratory work employs electrophysiological techniques and kinetics to examine sensorimotor and/or neuromotor function in a variety of situations.
This subject includes a compulsory residential school if the subject is undertaken by Distance Education.

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Students undertaking this subject should have a tertiary level understanding of anatomy, exercise physiology, human growth and development and skill acquisition.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the morphology and function of different nervous system cells;
  • be able to describe synaptic structure and neural communication processes;
  • be able to describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of touch and kinesthesia;
  • be able to explain the pathway of sensory signal transmission from peripheral receptors to the cerebral cortex for touch and kinesthesia;
  • be able to discuss the contribution of cortical and subcortical structures in planning, organising and executing motor commands to produce smooth, coordinated, rhythmical movement;
  • be able to discuss the role of cortical and subcortical structures in motor learning and memory;
  • be able to explain the pathway of motor signal transmission from the cortex to spinal motor neurons;
  • be able to describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of vision and balance;
  • be able to discuss sensorimotor integration in joint stability, postural control, locomotion and reaching/grasping;
  • be able to discuss acute and/or chronic changes in sensorimotor function associated with ageing, exercise and injury;
  • be able to discuss neuroplasticity associated with motor learning, musculoskeletal injury and chronic changes in physical activity;
  • be able to discuss key features of the underlying pathophysiology of common neurological diseases and identify implications for motor control and/or learning.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cellular neurobiology;
  • Cerebrum;
  • Basal ganglia, cerebellum and brainstem;
  • Spinal cord organisation, central pattern generators and reflex arcs;
  • Somatosensation, ascending sensory pathways and sensory-perception;
  • Decision making, movement planning, organisation, execution and descending motor pathways;
  • Neurophysiological aspects of sensorimotor learning and memory;
  • Vestibular function;
  • Eye movement;
  • Postural control, locomotion and reaching/grasping;
  • Sensorimotor changes with ageing, injury, exercise and reduced use;
Residential School
This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance Education students are required to attend a two (2) day Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period.
This Residential School is necessary in order to comply with accreditation requirements and to complete the appropriate volume of learning required in this subject in laboratory and practical settings.

Special Resources

Distance Education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.