Postgraduate course

Movement Science

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeFYST332
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The student should be able to explain theories and models for motor development, learning and movement control, and use this knowledge when analyzing function and to plan individual interventions in order to promote functional abilities, focusing on walk and balance.


Movement science includes research based knowledge about development, learning and movement control. This is an interdisciplinary field of study, and includes functional anatomy, biomechanics, neuro- and muscle physiology, and physiological, pedagogical and cultural aspects of movement. In this course, the theory basis is connected to clinical practice, focusing on balance, gait, mobility and fine motor skills. Movements are understood as the result of cooperation between person, task and surroundings.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the students should be able to explain

- concepts and theories regarding development, learning and movement control in a lifetime perspective

- proactive and reactive control strategies and relations that contribute in controlling balance and walk

- current methods for analyzing balance and gait


After completing the course, the students should be able to critically discuss

- implications of different theories regarding movement science for physiotherapy practices

- studies that concern motor skills in a healthy perspective, especially focusing on balance and gait

General skills

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

- choose clinically useful methods and conduct limited studies to evaluate balance and gait

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching


Student presentations of scientific articles

Laboratory exercises in methods to evaluate balance and gait

Seminar related to written assignments

Students` and teachers` comments to written assignments.

Three assemblies, 2-3 days each. 1-2 weeks (7 days), 40-45 hours in total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All compulsory assignments must be completed

Min. 80% attendance on lectures and seminars, and active participation in group work.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment based on written assignments

Internal and external examiner

Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F

Reading List

Recommended literature will be posted at Mitt UiB and provide a basis for learning activities


Contact Information

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Course coordinator: Mona Kristin Aaslund