Spring 2022 - BPK 415 D100

Neural Control of Movement (3)

Class Number: 3377

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 2532, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2022
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    WMC 2202, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Daniel Marigold
    1 778 782-3499
  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 306 or BISC 305.



An in depth study of the neurophysiology of movement. Illustrates general principles of neural control by exploring specific movement tasks including standing, walking, reaching/grasping, and eye movements.


Topics To Be Covered:

  1. Fundamental concepts related to movement control
  2. Neural control of eye movements
  3. Neural control of walking and spatial navigation
  4. Neural control of reaching and grasping movements

Concepts will also be applied to various neurological conditions.


Mode of Teaching:

Lecture: in-person.

Office hours: via Zoom.


Other Information:

There are NO required textbooks for this course.


  1. Integrate information regarding sensorimotor brain areas to explain how we perform specific movements
  2. Use research examples to explain how a particular part of the nervous system is involved in the control of a specific movement (this includes the ability to interpret results of an experimental manipulation that illustrates the point)
  3. Explain why certain neurological disorders present with specific signs and symptoms
  4. Design experiments to test hypotheses regarding the role of a particular brain region in the control of movement
Suggest, and substantiate using research evidence on the neural control of movement, rehabilitation methods to treat neurological disorders and those at high risk of falls


  • Mini Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Blog Assignment 15%
  • Infographic Assignments 40%

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.