General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Sara González Millán
Monica Morral Yepes 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually in their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

Specific skills
  • Carry out the teaching-learning processes related to physical activity and sport, paying attention to the individual, collective and contextual characteristics of people.

  • Schedule the process of training motor skills in their different levels and practice environments

  • Select the appropriate sports material and equipment for each type of activity and population and in safe conditions

General competencies
  • Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • Describe the physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • Understand the basics, structures and functions of the skills and patterns of human motor skills

Transversal competences
  • Understand the scientific literature in the field of physical activity and sport in English and other languages ​​with a significant presence in the scientific field

  • Apply knowledge to their work, in a professional way, with the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving in the area of ​​Physical Activity and Sport



This subject studies the neurophysiological and neuropsychological foundations applied to human movement and its development. From the theories of control and motor learning and the study of their factors and influences, the professional of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport will know and apply the instruments and methodologies of measurement and development of human motor behavior. On the other hand, students will have the opportunity to know the basic processes involved in the coordination of movements and how they are modified from learning and growth.

The contents of the subject are related to other subjects of the degree such as Pedagogy and Psychology of sport.


UNIT 1. Motor skills: study and classification.

1.1. HHMM classification and description

1.2. Motor performance evaluation

UNIT 2. Introduction to Motor Control

2.1. Neurophysiological bases of movement

2.2. Theories of motor control

2.3. Motor control components: cognitive, sensitive and motor.

2.4. Motor control and sport: practical applications

SUBJECT 3: Study of the process of the Learning and Motor development

3.1. Neuronal Plasticity.

3.2. Concepts and theoretical foundation of motor learning

3.3. Principles of Motor Development.

3.4. Teaching procedures: Factors influencing motor learning: attention, memory, feedback…

3.5. Main theories on motor development

3.6. Sequencing of motor development


Evaluation system

The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment and a final assessment. The pass of the subject is obtained with a grade equal to or higher than 5 points (out of 10 points) according to the following weighting table:



Evaluation activity



 Individual activities


Continued Seminars 15%


 Work in group





Criteria NECESSARY to average between the evaluation activities:


Evaluation activity

Criteria for making Average 



Individual activities


Any note

Continued Seminars

Any note


Work in group

65% Internship assistance

Any note





Requirements for evaluating the work in group and average:

- Minimum performance required to 65% internships. Compulsory internship attendance of 65% to be assessed in this item. Absences may not be justified.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason . ”

Evaluation in recovery period:

Within the same course, there is the possibility of recovering skills not achieved during the course.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process. If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

Evaluation activity


 Individual projects


Seminars Unrecoverable

 Work in group


 Final exam



Schedule and Guide to Activities.

Qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September) that establishes the European system of credits and the system of qualifications to the university degrees of official character and validity in all the state territory:

0 - 4,9: Suspended

5,0 - 6,9: Approved

7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent



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