General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Carmen Rosell Moreno
Gemma Garreta Parés 
Laura Curell Ferrer 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan


Basic skills
  • CB4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience, both specialized and non-specialized

  • CB5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

  • CB2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study

  • CB1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of an area of ​​study that is based on general education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks. Also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of their field of study

  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

General competencies
  • CG11_Establish effective communication with patients, family, social groups and peers and promote health education

  • CG19_Enjoy autonomy and critical ability to use ICT

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


This subject aims to provide the student with tools that optimize the learning process.

The subject consists of an introduction to the use of methodological resources for searching scientific bibliography, understanding and organization of information in Health Sciences.

We also work on learning models, decision-making resources such as critical thinking, characteristics of a critical thinker and how to apply it to clinical practice. 

The organization of the study, the work methodology, the cognitive strategies and the improvement of communication skills, both written and oral, are the basis for optimizing the integration of the student in the university world.

For this reason, from the beginning, the student is provided with methodologies to achieve the skills, which will be necessary in the development of his academic and personal career.


PRELIMINARY Session Week zero

Get to know the structure and operation of the UPF and the Tecnocampus educational project


1. Communication in the field of nursing

  • The adequacy
  • Consistency
  • Cohesion
  • The correction

2. Scientific writing

  • Objective of the scientific text
  • The style of the scientific text
  • Grammar at the service of scientific style
  • Written communication strategies
  • Oral communication strategies
  •  Differences between writing and speaking
  • Characteristics of oral discourse
  • Non-verbal and para-verbal language
  • Analysis and practice of oral speeches


1. Introductory concepts

  • Introduction to research
  • Research phases
  • Introduction to sources of information

2. Literature review

  • Characteristics of the literature review
  • Phases of the literature review: defining the problem, formulating the PICO question, formulating the objectives, search strategies, boundaries and obtaining and discussing the results
  • Identification of sources of information in health sciences
  • Practical examples

3. Bibliographic references and citations

  • Introductory concepts
  • The bibliographic citation
  • The bibliographic reference

4. Mendeley (Reference Manager)

  • Introduction to Mendeley as a reference manager
  • Installation
  • utilities


1. Learning styles. Time management

2. Critical thinking. Critical judgment in nursing

3. Clinical records and information transfer

4. Work development tutorials


Evaluation system

The assessment system for the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different assessment activities for Subject 3 - Public Health, Communication and Research in Health:


Evaluation system Minimum weighting Maximum weighting
SE1. Exam 20% 40%
SE2. Individual works 20% 40%
SE3. Teamwork 20% 40%
SE4. Classroom participation 5% 40%
SE5. Seminars 10% 50%
SE7. Practical test 5% 40%


A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.



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Baró, T. (2011). Speaking and convincing: [recipes for making good public presentations]. Barcelona: Serbal. 

Amadeo, I., & Sole´, J. (2009). Practical writing course. Barcelona: Educaula. 

Boeglin Naumovic, M. (2007). Reading and writing in university: from the chaos of ideas to the structured text. Alcalá de Guadaíra¿: MAD. 

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Cassany, D. (1999). Build the writing. Barcelona: Paido´s. 

Cueva Martín, A. de la., Aleixandre Benavent, R., Rodríguez i Gairi´n, JM, & Universitat de València. (2001). Sources of information in health sciences. Valencia: University of Valencia. 

Estrada, JM (2007). Chapter 2: Bibliographic search and its application in PubMed-MEDLINE. SEMERGEN - Family Medicine, 33 (4), 193–199. 

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Turull, A., Ardanuy Baró, J., Arroyo and Amayuelas, E., & Arroyo and Amayuelas, E. (2017). Work and communication techniques¿: instrumentarium for the legal and social sciences. Barcelona¿: Huygens Editorial. 

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Technocampus (2021). Information resources. 

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Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment: a practical approach. Author:Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre  2021

Edition: Seventh edition. Publisher: Elsevier


Amat Salas, O., Rodrigo de Larrucea, J., & Rocafort Nicolau, A. (2017). How to do research¿: final degree project, master's thesis, doctoral thesis and other research projects (First ed.). Barcelona¿: Editorial Profit.