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Occupational Health Psychology 2016/2017

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

The student should be able to:
1 Know the scope of operation of occupational health psychology
2 Identify different types of psychosocial risk and its impact.
3 Knowing assessment methodologies and psychological intervention used by Occupational Health Psychology.
4 Planning a research, bases on intervention programas.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Teaching Metodology

Classes for the approach and deepening concepts inherent in occupational health psychology. Students will be asked to research and present texts and scientific articles and discuss them in a group setting. Students will explore assessment tools and train your fill, and analyze case studies. Will be encouraged to plan a research, following a work methodology project in grupo.A visit to an organization, with the completion of an interview with a organizational psychologist focusing on occupational health psychology will be the qualitative research work to be done.
The evaluation is mixed and based on two evaluation parameters: Examination (50%) and Group work and oral presentation (50%). Assiduity is a parameter.

Body of Work

1 Occupational Health Psychology
Risk assessment
Analysis of Portuguese and European reality: case studies
2 Psychosocial Risks:
Stress and burnout (risk factors, effects, assessment, prevention)
Harassment / Violence at work / organizational bullying / mobbing
Work-Family Conflict and Family-Work Conflict
Addition work
3 Programs intervention / prevention in occupational health psychology.
4.Action-research, based on psychosocial risk management intervention programs in specific organizacional.Aspetos context of qualitative research "Template analysis".

Recommended Bibliography

Quick, James C. & Tetrick, L. (2010). Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology. Second Edition. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association (APA)
Fernández, A., Martín, V. & González, José (2009). Psicología del Trabajo. Ediciones Pirámide. Madrid.
Cunha, M., Rego, A., Cunha, R. & Cardoso, C. (2007). Comportamento organizacional e gestão. Editora RH. Lisboa.
Fineman, S. (2003). Understanding Emotion at Work. Sage Publications. London.
Pinto, C., Silva, I., Santos, G. & Ferreira, A.T. (no prelo). “Work - Family Interface on professional drivers”.
Oliveira, Ana Teresa (2014). Perceções do sistema de gestão de recursos humanos, o papel da confiança organizacional e do compromisso organizacional. (Tese de Doutoramento.) Universidade do Minho, Braga.

Complementary Bibliography

Leka, S. & Houdmont, J. (2010). Occupational Health Psychology. River Street. Wiley-Blackwell.
Ferreira, Ana Teresa, Keating, J., & Silva, I. (2010). Managers perceptions about employees acceptance of HR practices and its interactions with modifications in the HR system. In S. Menon (Ed.), Competing values in an uncertain environment: Managing the paradox (pp. 70-76). Shreveport, LA, US: International Society for Work and Organizational Values. ISBN: 978-0-9817997-1-1.
Lansisalmi, H.; Peiró, J. & Kivimaki, M. (2004). Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research, 242-255. Sage Publications. U.S.A.
Biron, C., & Karanika-Murray, M. (2014). Process evaluation for organizational stress and well-being interventions: Implications for theory, method, and practice. International Journal of Stress Management, 21(1), 85-111. doi: 10.1037/a0033227
Wilcock, A. & Hocking, C. (2014). An Occupational Perspective of Health. Third Edition, Thorofare, NJ, Slack Incorporated

Weekly Planning

week 1
Presentation of course the scope of occupational health psychology.
Definition of groups.
week 2
Occupational health psychology. Lectures and applied exercises.
Group work and individual exercises.
week 3
Analysis of Portuguese and European reality: case studies
Case study of the European campaign of prevention of psychosocial risks. Group exercise realization.
week 4
Analysis of Portuguese and European reality: case studies
Case study of the European campaign of prevention of psychosocial risks.
Group exercises, individual exercises.
week 5
2. Psychosocial Risk.
Group work: definition of organization, analysis template and the script that will be used.
week 6
Stress and burnout (risk factors, effects, assessment, prevention.
Group work: work on the script that will be used.
week 7
Stress and burnout (risk factors, effects, assessment, prevention)
Individuals and group exercises. Case studies.
week 8
Moral harassment / Violence at work / organizational bullying / Mobbing
Individuals and group exercises. Case studies.
week 9
Work-Family Conflict and Conflict Family-Work
View a video. Individuals and group exercises.
week 10
Adding to work. Individual exercises.
week 11
Tutoring students on analysis of qualitative data. Debate on the analyzed data.
week 12
Qualitative data analysis of the completion of the occupational health psychology applied to organizations. Integration of theoretical content in the discussion of the data.
week 13
Qualitative data analysis of the completion of the occupational health psychology applied to organizations. Integration of theoretical content in the discussion of the data.
week 14
Oral presentation of group research.
week 15
Oral presentation of group research.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

For the student to know the scope of operation of occupational health psychology, will address the content 1. To be able to know the different types of psychosocial risk and their impact on the individual will consider the contents 2. The goal of knowledge of different methodologies for assessment and intervention will be addressed across content 1,2 and 3 in order to be able to plan an intervention program a theoretical / practical group work will be performed.So that the student is able to achieve the goal of planning a research content 4 are relevant, research.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Towards the student know the occupational health psychology and identify different types of risk factors, classes will be held exhibition, followed by discussion of texts and proceedings in small groups. So that the student can identify different types of psychosocial risk and its impact will be performed group exercises, exploration of case studies, reading scientific articles and lectures. The student will be invited to explore assessment tools and to simulate their fill and interpretation in order to be able to know different valuation methodologies and psychological intervention used by the Psychology of Occupational Health. So that the student is able to meet different intervention methods used by Occupational Health Psychology and plan an intervention in occupational context students will conduct research on programs and interventions. Then will make a visit to an organization, with the completion of an interview with a organizational psychologist focusing on occupational health psychology, allowing students to achieve three objectives: The skills training in qualitative research (literature review, building grids analysis following the methodology "analysis template" and discourse analysis), identify different psychosocial risk types and its impact and meet assessment methodologies and psychological intervention in organizations. The discussion of several cases in the classroom will also allow the student to achieve a global knowledge about analysis models and different psychological interventions.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
CreativityYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
TeamworkYes 
Written and verbal communications skills  
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