General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Jaume Martí Mora

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • E5_Assess the functional state of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects


  • E11_Provide effective physiotherapy care, providing comprehensive care to patients


  • E14_Incorporate the ethical and legal principles of the profession into professional practice, as well as integrate social and community aspects into decision-making


  • E23_Identify the effects of the practice of physical exercise on the psychological and social aspects of human beings


Transversal competences
  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan



This subject is part of the compulsory training of the degree in Physiotherapy, which aims for the student to obtain basic knowledge about the psychological foundations that underpin human behavior. The future professional of Physiotherapy needs to have this knowledge to better understand the complexity of the care relationship and to be able to use strategies and skills that allow him to carry out effective and human interventions. The main objective of the course is to help the student to acquire the basic knowledge that establishes the basis of human behavior, so that he is able to recognize the psychological functions and achieve a greater understanding of the human being in the its totality.

Learning outcomes

Regarding the expected learning outcomes, the student at the end of the subject must:

LO10 Apply, based on knowledge, the changes and adaptations that occur due to the variation of age, gender and environmental stress.

LO15 Apply, based on knowledge, the behavioral principles in the educational, recreational, physical activity and health context and sports training.

LO17 Choose behavior modification techniques that can be used in different areas of professional action.

LO31 Assess the patient's physical and mental condition. It determines the level of severity, dysfunctions, disabilities and limitations both individually and socially.

LO39 Carry out the analysis of specific behaviors in the various contexts of professional intervention that may pose a risk to people's health.

Working methodology




AF1.Theoretical class

33 hours

AF6. Study and group work

20 hours

AF7. Study and autonomous, individual work

47 hours


Topic 1. Introduction to General Psychology: Different paradigms

1.1 Cognitive Model

1.2 Behavioral Model

1.3 Humanist Model

1.4 Psychodynamic Model

1.5 Systemic Model


Item 2. Basic psychological principles of behavior

  1. Goal setting as a technique for patients in adhering to intervention programs
  2. Anxiety and stress.

Topic 3. Communication with patients, relatives and other professionals

  1. Objectives of communication. Intentionality
  2. Communication components. Verbal and non-verbal
  3. Improved empathy and assertiveness.
  4. Listening techniques
  5. Conflicts in communication
  6. Communication and interaction with the patient and relatives

Item 4. Psychological impacts on physical activity and sport

  1. Psychological risks of sport
  2. Psychological benefits of sport

Item 5. The process of adaptation to disability

  1. Concept of disability
  2. Concept of loss
  3. Phases of the disability adaptation process
  4. Manifestations of adaptive mourning
  5. Physical activity, sport and disability

Topic 6. Pain

  1.  Concept of pain
  2.  Cognitive-behavioral factors involved in the experience of pain
  3.  Pain assessment
  4.  Emotions and pain.



Learning activities

MD1. Presentation method or master class: transmission of knowledge and activation of the student's cognitive processes through unidirectional learning     
MD2. Case study: acquisition of learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases            
MD3. Solving exercises and problems: exercise, essay and implementation of previous knowledge            
MD4. Problem-based learning (PBL): Development of active knowledge through problem solving            
MD5. Project-oriented learning: carry out a project to solve a problem, applying skills and knowledge acquired 

MD6. Cooperative learning: fostering active and meaningful knowledge in a cooperative way               



Evaluation system

The acquisition of competencies by the student will be assessed through the system of continuous assessment and through a final written exam. 

Continuous Assessment and Final Exam

The Continuous Assessment has a total weighting of 55% of the overall mark of the subject and the final exam a weighting of 45%.

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

SE 1 Electronic portfolio (individual work. Seminar on Fear Management)


CT2, CT3, CB4, CB5, CE5, CE20, CE22, CE23, CE24

SE 2 Oral Presentation (3 minute video recording)


CT1, CT2, CT3, CB4, CB5

SE 3 Exam


CT2, CT3, CB4, CB5, CE5, CE20, CE21, CE22, CE23, CE24

SE 4 Self-assessment


CT2, CT3, CB4, CB5


Evaluation activity in recovery period


Assessed skills



CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5


In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

Seminar and assignment notes will be saved to mediate with the resit exam. In the case of failing they will have to take the subject the following year and no note will be saved.



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