Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Ergonomics and psychology at work
Master in Work Related Risk Prevention (Plan: 247 - Estudio: 259)


Department assigned to the subject: Social and Private International Law Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Understanding and knowledge of the main concepts, theoretical perspectives, methodology and application of ergonomics. Understanding of ergonomic, psychosocial and organisational risk assessment systems in addition to the design of systems and products that act as prevention measures. Ability to perform an indoor air quality diagnosis and subsequently control it. Understanding and knowledge of the nature and concepts of the different psychosocial aspects in the work environment. Ability to identify the context in which a psychological conduct or process which must be acted upon takes place in the work environment (harassment, stress, burnout, etc.). Ability to define organisational factors that may affect the health of workers (shift work, night work, etc.).
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Ergonomics: concepts, objectives and methodology. 2. Manual handling of workload: legislation. Study methods. INSHT Technical Guide. 3. Indoor Air Quality: preventive measures, diagnosis and control. 4. Data viewing screens. Applicable legislation, concepts, basic evaluation and preventive measures. 5. Psychosocial risks and factors: characteristics and consequences of psychosocial factors and risks. Preventive measures. 6. Stress and other psychosocial risks: occupational harassment, sexual harassment, burnout, physical violence. Consequences. 7. Legal aspects of psychosocial risks: the situation in Spain and Europe. Legislation regarding the different forms of harassment. Protection against harassment.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures in which the fundamental conceptual contents the student must acquire will be developed. In addition to consulting the necessary manuals and a specific bibliography for certain matters which will be provided at the beginning of the four-month period, the student will be provided, in advance, with materials made by the professor to enable a more in-depth study of topics and the better following of explanations. These work materials will serve to introduce the debate and discussion of topics of greater interest to the both the professor and students. Practical workshops in work groups, individual case studies, analysis of videos and other documents of interest, class debates. Weekly tutoring hours.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.