Psychosocial Sciences and Mental Health

  • code 08600
  • course 2
  • term Semester 1
  • type FB
  • credits 6

Module: Health Sciences Module

Matter: Psychology

Main language of instruction: Spanish

 Sem.1  MO 08:00 10:00 
 Sem.1  MO 10:00 12:00 
 Sem.1  WE 12:00 14:00 
 Sem.1  FR 12:00 14:00 

Teaching staff

Head instructor

Dra. María Guadalupe GÁMIZ -

Office hours

After classes or requesting date via e-mail.


The course Psychosocial and Mental Health Sciences seeks to contribute to the training in Nursing and deals with the structure of the human psyche. It is necessary that one provides comprehensive and quality care, keeping in mind that the patient not only has a physical dysfunction, but is also a person in need. If you do not know a proper way of how the person is, one cannot attain the appropriate treatment of the patient in a truly human level. The course aims to help students learn how others are as well as learn more about themselves, which is the essential first step for caring for others. Therefore, the course aims that students acquire a basic but accurate knowledge about personal, social and cultural human aspects and discover, through psychology, an aid in the field of health and rehabilitation.

Pre-course requirements

Not required


  1. To become aware of people's psychosocial responses to different health situations.
  2. To respond to the psychological and social needs of the patient and his family.
  3. To become aware of the basic structure of the personality of the human being and the elements that contribute to his training.
  4. To distinguish between normal and abnormal psychological traits.
  5. To identify the evolutionary phases of the psychological development of the human being from birth to death.
  6. To become aware of the most relevant mental health problems at different stages of the life cycle by providing comprehensive and effective care.
  7. To work holistically, tolerantly, without prosecution, careful and sensitive.
  8. To use psychology terminology appropriately.


  • 11. E - Establish effective communication with patients, families, social groups and partners and promote health education.
  • 25. E - Knowledge of the field of study
  • 4. B - Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to their gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context.
  • 7. B - Understand people without prejudice, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, ensuring their right to privacy through confidentiality and professional secrecy.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student must be able:

  1. To identify the psychosocial responses of people to different health situations defining individual and environmental factors that influence health and disease processes.
  2. To adequately respond to the psychological and social needs of the patient and their family.
  3. To know the basic structure of the human personality and the elements that contribute to their training. 
  4. To distinguish between normal and abnormal psychological traits.
  5. To identify the developmental stages of psychological development of human beings from birth to death.
  6. To know the most important mental health problems at different stages of the life cycle providing comprehensive and effective care.
  7. To work holistically, tolerantly, non - judgmentally, and in a caring and sensitive way.
  8. To use psychological terminology appropriated.



1. Introduction to Psychology and Psychiatry

1.1. Concepts of Psychology and Psychiatry.

1.2. Concepts of disease and mental health. Normality and pathology.

2.   Psychological functions and Psychopathology

2.1 Consciousness. Sensation. Perception.

2.2. Memory Learning. Intelligence.

2.3. Thought and Language. Instincts and tendencies.

2.4. Affection: emotions and feelings.


3.1.  Concept, structure, dynamics, evaluation and classification

3.2. Personality types. 


4.1. Breastfeeding and Childhood

4.2. Puberty and Adolescence

4.3. Adulthood and Old Age.


5. The role of the psychiatric nurse.

6. Care for a patient in a psychiatric unit.

7. Mood disorders. Nursing Care.

8. Anxiety disorders. Nursing Care.

9. Eating disorders. Nursing Care.

10. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Nursing Care.

11. Substance abuse disorders. Nursing Care.

12. Electroconvulsive therapy


Teaching and learning activities

Two professors are involved in the teaching of this course: a psychologists and a psychiatric nurse.

In the sessions, the following teaching methods will be combined: master classes, case analysis, and cooperative teamwork.

Mater Class
Critical Reading
Case Method
Group Tutorials
11. E 25. E 4. B 7. B 6

Evaluation systems and criteria

The overall mark of this course will be obtained as follow:

60% Final exam

50 multiple choice questions (4 options) with one correct answer. The wrong questions will count negative (0.25 for wrong question). This exam must be approved with a minimum of 5 to be able to work with the average.

40% Work

In groups of up to 6 people the students will have to represent and record a psychiatric nursing interview. To prepare the work, they will first interview a psychiatric nurse.

The videos will last for 10 minutes and will be displayed in class at the end of the semester.

The work will be evaluated by the professors and a part of communication will also be evaluated by the companions by means of a rubric of evaluation during the visualization of the videos.

Retake: the suspended part will be recovered and Honors qualifications will not be awarded.


The final grade of this subject will be affected by the non-attendance to any of the 3 leadership tutorials of each semester in the following proportion: 0.5 points if missing in the 3 occasions; 0.4 points if you miss 2 tutorials and 0.3 if you miss 1 tutorial. This rule will apply to approved students and unca will be subject to suspension of the subject.

Bibliography and resources

Basic course:

Llor B y cols. Ciencias psicosociales aplicadas a la salud. Interamericana, Madrid 1996.
Myers, D. (2000). Psicología. Madrid: Médica Panamericana
Seva A. Psicología Médica INO Reproducciones. Madrid, 1994.
Tazon P y cols. Enfermería: ciencias psicosociales. Barcelona. Masson.2000


Frankl, V.E El hombre en busca de sentido 18ª ed. Herder. Barcelona 1979

Evaluation period

E: exam date | R: revision date | 1: first session | 2: second session:

  • E1 13/01/2020 10:00h
  • R1 30/01/2020 15:00h
  • E2 29/06/2020 12:00h
  • R2 10/07/2020 11:00h
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