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Work and Organizational Psychology

Code: LPSI205     Acronym: PTO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 335 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Filomena Jordão Morais
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-12-10.

Fields changed: Calculation formula of final grade, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Tipo de avaliação

Teaching language



It is intended that students develop general knowledge about Work and Organizational Psychology as a discipline and professional field.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this course students should know/be able to:
- Know and understand the specific project of work psychology, its epistemological foundations and relationships with the ergonomics of the activity, and
the structuring concepts of this approach.
- Understand the different points of view on the "same reality", as a principle of action-transformation oriented to the improvement of working conditions.
- Know the discipline and professional field of Organizational Psychology and its object of study;
- Know an understand the different theories about organizations, demonstrating meta-knowledge of the relationships between theories and their

Working method



I. Work Psychology
1. The relations between work and employment: categories of analysis and forms of configuration.
2. The project of the psychology of work and the ergonomics of the activity: concepts and methodologies of analysis privileged.
3. The contribution of work psychology in conceptualization and analysis in several areas:
3.1. Risk analysis, prevention of accidents at work and promotion of health in and by work;
3.2. Vocational training and improvement of working conditions;
3.3. Local development projects.

II. The Psychology of Organizations
1. Scope, historical development and relevance
2. The concept of Organization and its dimensions
3. Models on organizations
3.1. Systematization of theories of organizations
4. New organizational forms
4.1. Features and implications

Mandatory literature

Clot, Y.; A função psicológica do trabalho, Editora Vozes, 2006
Dejours, Ch. ; O fator humano (5ª edição), Fundação Getúlio Vargas,, 2005
Guérin, F., Laville, A., Daniellou, F., Duraffourg, J., & Kerguelen, A.; Compreender o trabalho para transformá-lo: a prática da ergonomia, Editora Edgard Blücher, 2001
Ones, D. S., Anderson, N., Viswesvaran, C., & Sinangil, H. K. ; The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Work & Organizational Psychology, Sage, 2018
Revista do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa; Análise Social. ISBN: ISSN 0003-2573
Revista da Faculdade de psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto; Revista Laboreal. ISBN: https://journals.openedition.org/laboreal/
Shafritz, J.M. & J. Steven Ott, J.S., & Jang, Y. S. (Editors); Classics of organization theory (7th Ed) , Wadsworth, Inc, 2011

Teaching methods and learning activities

This course is organized in theoretical and theoretical-practical classes that include:
- Exposition of theoretical frameworks;
- Presentation and discussion of practical cases;
- Analysis and discussion of texts.


Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Applied psychology

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 108,00
Frequência das aulas 54,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The theoretical-practical classes are subject to the verification of attendance.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final classification results from the classification obtained in the final exam (100%).

To be approved in the CU, the student must obtain a final grade of at least 10 out of 20 (according to the FPCEUP's Student Evaluation Regulation). If the student fails to take the assessment or does not obtain the minimum classification defined above, he/she will not be successful in the course.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students with special educational needs should contact the UC regent at the beginning of the semester.

Classification improvement

The improvement of classification is possible through a new exam.
Students may request to improve their classification only once, up to two seasons subsequent to the season in which they obtained approval and in which the curricular unit has an exam.
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