PED 1323 Motor Control & Motor Learning

One of the biggest challenges in writing this way is

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desire to read a full length research report. One of the biggest challenges in writing this way is to becoming a “word efficient” writer. It is easy to write a six page review. But to write almost the equivalent information in one third the space requires that you be very efficient in what you say and how you say it. After you write your first draft of your paper it will likely be far too long. You then examine everything you wrote and ask yourself, “is this fact or level of detail essential?”, “is this essential idea said in the most efficient way possible?”, “can I eliminate some words in this sentence and not loose the meaning?”. It is very important you reduce the length of you report by eliminating unnecessary words, not important details. A summary or conclusion section is not needed at the end of the report. See the sample papers on the course web site for examples of how a lot of information can be packed into a few words. Warning: Do not deceive yourself, or try to deceive your instructor, thinking that a “brief report” requires less research time or thoroughness than a traditional research paper . The need for research is just the same. The difference between the “brief report” and a full research paper (e.g. as done in KIN 301) is in the writing. In a “brief report” you must be extremely concise, precise and efficient with your writing, to effectively communicate the necessary high level of information with a lot fewer words . The writing of a “brief report” is really more challenging than a traditional term paper because you don’t have the room for unnecessary information, and you can’t hide sloppy writing or poor organization as easily. Write at a technical level assuming your reader has taken university level anatomy, and basic physiology. So you do not need to explain what a neuron, a motor unit, muscle, blood etc. is. The reader already has this knowledge. Each of the underlined topics above corresponds to a section in the grading sheet for evaluation of the paper. To help organize your paper it is required to have a heading and a specific section that addresses each of the topic areas underlined above (with the exception of the first major section heading label not being required in the ISSUE paper, as described above). If you exclude a section heading and it's required
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Motor Control Assignment discussion, or put the required discussion into other sections of the paper, you will be scored zero points in that part of the evaluation. If you feel that the section headings do not apply to your topic, then talk with Dr. Chalmers. The final section "how you would with a person..." can take different meanings depending on the disorder and your career direction. For example, you could discuss the physical or occupational therapy this person would receive at home or in a clinic, if that is your career direction.
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  • Fall '11
  • John Smith
  • The Land, Motor control, Gordon Chalmers

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