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ESC3006 : Neurorehabilitation, exercise and motor learning

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module advances knowledge about exercise and motor learning within a neurorehabilitation context. Exercise can be broadly defined as a planned, structured and repetitive activity with the aim of improving or maintaining function. Exercise is central to neurorehabilitation, and motor learning is embedded within exercise. Both are required for skill acquisition and transference of skill to everyday activity. This module will be of interest to students keen to extend their understanding of exercise and motor learning and its application in a broader context.

Lectures outline the practice and tenets underpinning neurorehabilitation. Interventions to improve motor performance will be described along with their rationale for use and intended outcome. The focus will be on specific effects of exercise such as restoration of normal movement, strength training, endurance training and multi-modal input. The effect of these interventions on cortical, subcortical and peripheral systems will be examined with respect to neuroplasticity and retraining brain function. A range of health conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury will be used to illustrate learning points. Features that impact on the success of neurorehabilitation (pre-morbid health status, age, mood, environment) will also be reviewed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

1.       Rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation: what is it?
2.       Health conditions that require neurorehabilitation.
3.       Exercise and motor learning – working together to achieve optimal outcomes
4.       Effect of interventions on cortical, subcortical and peripheral structures and systems.
5.       Principles governing exercise: strength training, endurance training, multi-modal input.
6.       Motor learning, skill acquisition, skill transfer.
7.       Facilitators and barriers to successful outcomes.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion310:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Workshops and seminars
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity33:009:00Preparation of group oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce key concepts. Small group workshops and presentations at seminars allow peer evaluation and collaborative learning. Independent study enhances learning throughout the module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Essay questions; answer 2 from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Group oral presentation aimed at a non-specialist audience
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess the knowledge outcomes of the module. The group oral presentation will further assess students' understanding by requiring them to present information in a way that can be understood by non-specialists. This will also assess the skills outcomes of the module.

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