Motor control

Faculteit Medische Wetenschappen / UMCG
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode BWM137
Vaknaam Motor control
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Motor control
Leerdoelen This course has two objectives: In terms of contents the student has to become knowledgeable in modern approaches used in the study of motor control. The second objective is that the students learns to form an opinion about these approaches and learns to defend this opinion in a discussion.
Omschrijving This course is related to the courses Perception and action (BWM135) and Neuromechanics (BWM133). Moreover, this course serves as a preparation of the review and the master graduation project.

This course concentrates on several topics and accounts that define the current domain of motor control. The focus is on contemporary issues in motor control. As a starting point of the course a combined approach based on Dynamical Systems Theory and Ecological Approach to Action-perception is taken, with an emphasis on Dynamical Systems Theory. While a framework is laid out based on these approaches several meetings will consider accounts that may be opposite the presented approach. The course readings address a wide range of fields of study within motor control, such as biomechanics, neurocomputation, behavioral studies, and neuroscience.
The student learns the essentials of recent contributions to our understanding of motor control. Moreover, he/she will learn to read carefully and learn to deduce the messages in a scientific paper. The student will learn to make connections between different approaches of motor control and see pros and cons of the different accounts.
In the course students will be trained to develop an opinion about a paper or an approach and also learn to defend their position in a debate/discussion. Therefore, large part of the meetings are small group discussion and plenary discussion.
The course will be organized via online meetings. More information about the organization of the course can be found in the Study guide on Nestor.
The assessment of this course consists on a take-home written exam and an oral exam of 20-30 minutes. The written exam will be taken as the starting point of the oral exam. Both exams will have the same logic and level of discussion as in the meetings within the course. The contributions during the course will be taken into account for the final grade.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm opdrachten
(Tutorials and Discussion Groups)
Toetsvorm mondeling tentamen
(oral exam)
Vaksoort Master
Coördinator dr. R.M. Bongers
Docent(en) dr. R.M. Bongers
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
a list of scientific papers
Opmerkingen Minimum number of participants: 5
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