Motor Skills Aquisition & Analysis

Course Details

Course Number: 3363  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 223/101

Days & Times:

MW 12:30-1:50

Course Attachments

Syllabus  3363SyllabusF11.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr.  Stacia Miller   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental process throughout the lifespan.
  2. Discuss the interaction of cognitive, social, and psychosocial constraints and motor development throughout the lifespan.
  3. Characterize prenatal development and related concerns.
  4. Discern the components of fundamental movement patterns.


  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of national and state standards of physical education in planning physical education programs and designing appropriate learning experiences for students.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in developing appropriate locomotor games and ballistic stations, using appropriate instructional strategies, and activities that are developmentally and instructionally appropriate.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of developing and refining instructional cues and prompts in the design of the developmentally appropriate games.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of a wide variety of appropriate implementation techniques (modeling, providing relevant feedback, appropriate demonstrations) to promote student learning.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of various ways of monitoring student progress.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and techniques for adapting and individualizing instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create a positive classroom community that encourages learners of all abilities to participate in physical activity (motivation, self respect).


  1. Identify developmentally appropriate assessment instruments that can be used in physical education class.
  2. Understand how to plan and direct physical education experiences for students based on results of assessments.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the selection and use of appropriate motor performance assessments.

Course Expectations


Course Evaluations/Assignments:





Grading Scale: 


Toy Activity 12.1





Sensation Lab Reflection





Ch. 6 Lab Assignment





Ch. 9 Lab Write-Up





TGMD Assessments



Below 360


Observation Reflection





Dev. Appropriate Locomotor Games





Dev. Appropriate Stations





Exams ( 3)










Total Points





Grading Standards

see course requirements.

Final Exam12/7/2011  3:30

Submission Format Policy


Grading Procedures

  • All assignments must be typed for credit (work will not be accepted unless it is typed).  Grammar will be graded as part of any assignment.
  • Class preparation is your responsibility.  Being absent is no excuse for not knowing.  If you are absent, be sure to get the previous day's notes and assignments from another student in the class AND come to class prepared.  If an assignment is due upon your return date, then your assignment is also due that same day. Late assignments will have a minimum automatic 25% point deduction for each day late.
  • Handouts and returned projects/quizzes will be brought to class on one day only.  Missed handouts can be duplicated from a classmate's handouts or ask a classmate to pick-up any handouts for you.  Returned items             that a student misses may be picked up at my office.
  •  Student Honor Creed "As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
  • Group work:  You will work in groups during the semester.  It is each person’s responsibility in the group to

                complete their fair share of work and not simply “go along for the ride”.  I will be giving students in

                class an assessment to determine each group member’s contribution to the project.  It could lower your

                grade if you are not doing the work assigned.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

see submission format and policy.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:

Daily attendance and active participation is expected and required of all professionals, therefore your attendance and tardiness may affect your final grade and possibly your recommendation for student teaching and internships.  On the 4th absence there will be a one-letter grade drop, on the 5th absence there will be an additional letter grade drop. Upon the sixth absence (excused or unexcused), the student will receive a failing grade unless the course is dropped by the drop deadline (Oct. 17th, 2011 by 4 p.m.).

Other Policies


Other Class Policies:


  • The office of Disability Support Services provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations information and assistance, arranges accommodations and staff. The office has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software that can be lent to qualified individuals. A student/Employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services. Documentation of Disability from a competent professional is required.


        In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documents disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a documented disability, please contact the instructor before classroom accommodations can be provided.  The Disability Support Services may be contacted at 940-397-4140 (voice), 940-397-4515 (TDD),, or visit 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 168.


Plagiarism Statement:

“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational <span data-scayt_word="purposes." "="" data-scaytid="3">purposes.” from Student Handbook

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.