Fall 2020 - BPK 207 D100

Sensorimotor Control and Learning (3)

Class Number: 6106

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2020
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • 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.    Introduction to sensorimotor control
2.    Methods for studying motor behaviour
3.    Sensory contribution to sensorimotor control
4.    Cognitive factors influencing movement
5.    Principles of speed and accuracy
6.    Motor systems and organization of action
7.    Sensorimotor control (theories, internal models)
8.    Motor learning
9.    Effects of neurological conditions on movement  

Mode of Teaching: Lecture: blended; Live (synchronous) Zoom classes on Tuesdays and first Friday class (Sept. 11); weekly content available on CANVAS (for asynchronous learning) Tutorials: synchronous (live via Zoom); starting Tues. Sept. 22 or Fri. Sept. 25 (depending on tutorial slot)

Midterm: synchronous (CANVAS); date: Fri. Oct. 16, 2020 (date to be confirmed at beginning of term) Mini quizzes: synchronous (CANVAS); dates: Fri. Oct. 2, 2020 and Fri. Nov. 20, 2020 (dates to be confirmed at beginning of term) Final exam: synchronous (CANVAS); date: TBD  

Important Information (to be confirmed at beginning of term): Each week students are expected to study and learn a particular section of the course based on the material provided on CANVAS. Tuesday classes will occur live via Zoom and will integrate and apply the material of that previous week. Most Friday classes will be optional (except where noted above) and will be treated as a drop-in office hour to ask the instructor questions. Tutorials will not run every week; a schedule will be provided at the beginning of the term. The midterm, mini quizzes, and final exam will be completed online through the CANVAS quiz function.


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.       Integrate core course concepts to propose effective techniques to facilitate motor learning
4.       Identify possible sensory and motor signs and symptoms associated with damage to different areas of the nervous                  system


  • Midterm 25%
  • CANVAS quizzes 10%
  • Tutorial/lab 30%
  • Final exam 35%





Access to reliable highspeed internet. Microphone for asking questions. Webcam.


There are NO required textbooks for this course.            

Weekly assigned reading and/or video.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).