Spring 2023 - BPK 415 D100

Neural Control of Movement (3)

Class Number: 4490

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    RCB 6125, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2023
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3511, 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. A few classes remote via Zoom.
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
  5. 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 (Group-based) 40%



Because a couple of classes will run remote via Zoom, access to reliable internet is needed. Microphone for asking and answering questions. Webcam.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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