VCE Physical Education Unit 1

Unit 1: Learning and improving skill
This unit looks at a range of factors that influence learning and improving physical skills and the role of the coach in making this happen. The ways in which a coach influences his or her athletes can have a significant effect on their performance, and the methods and approaches that the coach puts into practice will impact on the individual athlete in different ways. By studying various sports psychology concepts such as arousal and anxiety, and the effects these can have on performance, students will be able to apply these psychological principles to the sporting arena.
Students will also focus on general principles that are common to analysing physical performance and learning physical skills, and the biomechanical principles of movement involved in these skills. The unit approaches the biomechanics of physical skills from the perspective of improving physical performance. Students use practical activities to enhance the theoretical understanding of factors involved in learning and improving skill.

Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain the application of biomechanical and skill learning principles in analysing how motor skills are learnt and improved.

Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to identify and evaluate a range of coaching practices that lead to enhanced sports performance.


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Chapter 1 - Learning and practising physical skills

Chapter 2 - Processing skill information using feedback to enhance performance

Chapter 3 - Skill level variation from the beginner through to the elite athlete

Revision Electronic Quiz Flashcards Chapters 1 - 3
Theories of Learning
Phases of Learning
Motor Programmes
Information Processing
Transfer of Skills
Teaching Methods
Motivation and Personality

Chapter 4 - Biomechanical principles of force production and balance

Try the levers tutorial Levers in the Human Body

Chapter 5 - Biomechanical principles of motion and levers

Chapter 6 - Qualitative analysis: A system for developing and refining basic movement patterns

Chapter 7 - Qualtiative analysis of basic movmenet patterns

Chapter 8 - Sport psychology in coaching

Chapter 9 - Styles of coaching

Chapter 10 - Sports coacing skills: Characteristics, roles and responsibilities of a respected coach