SMGT30210 Skill Acquisition

Academic Year 2021/2022

The purpose of this module is to understand the principles underlying skill acquisition. Specifically, students will learn the stages of motor learning, the cognitive processes supporting skill acquisition, how motor skills are acquired, how learning can be enhanced and why skills attempts might fail. Each class will comprise of theoretical and practical components designed to encourage student interaction, curiosity and discussion. Formal lecture time and workshop sessions will be used to foster understanding of the area with a focus on the application of motor learning theories in the "real world". A practical learning laboratory will be used as a vehicle to evaluate and discuss hypotheses presented in the literature. Most often examples from sport will be used to clarify these, however it is important to keep in mind that the principles and concepts introduced in class apply to any situation in which movement is the primary means of achieving a particular goal (e.g. leisure activities, activities of daily living, rehabilitation, & sport).

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

(i) understand the principles underlying skill acquisition;
(ii) understand the stages of motor learning;
(iii) understand the cognitive processes supporting skill acquisition;
(iv) apply motor learning theories to practical situations.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is primarily lecture-based with in-class discussion of critical cases. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SMGT10100 - Theory of Coaching

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Individual Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Individual assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Professor Eamonn Delahunt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maria Monahan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ross Neville Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eleni Theodoraki Tutor