Motor Development

Base Knowledge


Teaching Methodologies

Contents will be taught in presentation sessions, where their fundamental concepts and its “state of the art” will be explored. Sessions will be complemented through practical research In online bibliographic databases and its discussion in class. Paper works, observation and assessment of early motor behavior will also be requested. Students will also watch real sessions of motor development with children, taught by the teachers.


This curricular unit periodocal evaluation will be made as follows:

Written test: 45%

Oral assessment: 10%

Seminar/Work: 25%

Practical assignements: 15%

Attitudes and behavior: 5%

 Final exam assessment will be made through a written test

Learning Results

1. Fundaments and applications of Motor Development (MD) as part of motor behavior study field.

2. Basic concepts and fundamental terminology used in MD.

3. Variables and indicators of human development

4. Evolution of main concept variables of morphologic indicators for body composition. 

5. Variables of the development process and main internal and external influences. 

6. Analysis of the human development process, from the development phases and based in the maturation and human motor action Framework.

7. Techniques and instruments of analysis, assessment and control of the motor development process and application of such instruments in the observation of motor behavior


1. Fundamental concepts of Motor Development;

2. Assessment of Motor Development: TGMD, KTK, PDMS, M-ABC;

3. Theoretical framework of motor development;

4. Auxology, physical growth and maturation. Development of the body composition. Somatotype. Anthropometric measures and variables;

5. Development and aging of body systems;

6. Interactions between the individual, the environment and the task;

7. Early Motor Development;

8. Principles of movement and stability;

9. Development of Human movement;

10. Development of the sensorial system;

11. Perceptive and motor development;

12. Perception and action in the development process;

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Exam evaluation
  • - written test - 100.0%
periodic evaluation
  • - Attitudes and behavior: 5% - 5.0%
  • - Written test: 45% + Oral assessment: 10% - 55.0%
  • - Seminar/Work: 25% +Practical assignements: 15% - 40.0%




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