Fall 2019 - BPK 207 D100

Sensorimotor Control and Learning (3)

Class Number: 5200

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Daniel Marigold
    1 778 782-3499
  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 142 or permission of instructor.



Students are introduced to basic concepts in the sensorimotor planning and control of movement. Topics include the factors and disorders affecting movement, sensory and motor physiology, sensorimotor integration, current theories of motor control, and motor learning. Taught from a behavioral and neurophysiological perspective that explores psychological influences on motor control.


Topics Covered:

  1. Motor Control: Classification and Factors Influencing
  2. Methods for Studying Motor Performance
  3. Sensory Contribution to Motor Control
  4. Cognitive Factors Influencing Movement (central processing, attention, multitasking)
  5. Principles of Speed and Accuracy
  6. Motor Systems and Organization of Action
  7. Sensorimotor Control (motor control theories, internal models)
  8. Effects of Neurological Conditions on Movement
  9. Motor Learning


  1. Illustrate how a movement or motor skill emerges from the interaction of factors related to the environment, task, and individual
  2. Apply knowledge of the sensorimotor systems to explain how the nervous system controls movement in real-life situations
  3. Identify possible sensory and motor signs and symptoms associated with damage to different areas of the nervous system
  4. Integrate core course concepts to propose effective techniques to facilitate motor learning


  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Term Assignment 15%
  • Labs 15%
  • Final Exam 40%










Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

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Registrar Notes:

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