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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

This subject is part of the basic training that will allow nursing students to approach Psychology understood as a scientific study of human behaviour and its contribution to the health-disease process and quality of life of people. What we do and what we experience (thoughts and feelings) are the fundamental components of our behavior. The study of: human diversity, the biological bases of our behavior, the acquisition, maintenance and change of information, knowledge and behavior, our personality, the context and environment in which we are, the relationship with others, our degree adaptation to life, and what we do and experience in health and disease, are all areas of special interest in this subject. Psychology as a science and profession provides very relevant knowledge to ensure a better and longer life. Knowledge of the relevant variables, of the precise methodology and of current research and practices constitutes the object of study of this subject. The knowledge and understanding of these processes will serve as a basis for the development of competences that will be worked on in other subjects, such as those related to the supporting relationship, the role of emotions in the decision-making process in the field of health or health education. Moreover, this subject will facilitate the development of skills related to psychiatric nursing and mental health.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • E-9 : Promote healthy lifestyles, self-care, supporting the maintenance of preventive and therapeutic conduct.


General Competences of the Degree Course (CG):>>Common basic training module

  • 10 : Identify the psychosocial responses of individuals to different health situations (in particular, illness and suffering), selecting the appropriate actions to provide help during the same.
  • 11 : Establish an empathetic and respectful relationship with the patient and family, in accordance with the situation of the individual, health problem and stage of its development.
  • 12 : Use strategies and skills that allow effective communication with patients, families and social groups, as well as expressing their concerns and interests.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course :>>Foreign language proficiency

  • CT1 : Read and understand texts in a foreign language.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course :>>IT and information competences

  • CT2 : Show computer and information system skills and abilities.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course:>>Oral and written communication competences

  • CT3 : Show oral and written communication skills.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

General Objectives

  • Analyze and study basic psychological processes in relation to normal and adaptive human behavior.
  • Understand the cognitive, emotional and affective processes that modulate health and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Study the personality traits related to health and illness.
  • Learn the concept of stress and coping and its influence on health.
  • Learn and improve the therapeutic adherence process.
  • Identify the psychological variables involved in the health and disease process throughout the life cycle.
  • Study the psychological dimension of pain.
  • From the knowledge of the basic psychological processes, detect, assess and intervene in situations that modify the quality of life.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles, self-care, supporting the maintenance of preventive and therapeutic behaviors.
  • Promote the humanization of the therapeutic process.
  • Develop skills to facilitate communication in the health care context.

Specific Objectives

  • Raise awareness in students about the importance of knowledge of the basic principles and processes of Psychology for the development of professional practice in Nursing.
  •  Promote a positive attitude of acceptance of the bio-psycho-social and spiritual model in the care and plan of care in the health-disease processes.
  • Identify the influence of gender in the health and disease process.
  • Analyze the influence of gender roles as a risk factor and protection for mental health.




Code: 27008
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught