Psychology of Personal Growth

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PSY 108

       Course Name: Psychology of Personal Growth

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PSY 107

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides advanced study of psychology of personal growth.  Content includes specialized focus on career development, advanced group work and substance abuse education.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will use the knowledge and skills acquired in PSY 107 to enhance their personal and interpersonal growth.
  2. The student will study and develop the connections between small group communication skills and humanistic psychology.
  3. The student will be able to demonstrate their awareness of how they foster or inhibit their own personal development.
  4. The student will manifest an emerging interdependence as they use their knowledge and skills to grow personally and interpersonally.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Interpersonal Communication
  2. Advanced Communication Skills
  3. Self-awareness and Personal Growth
  4. Selected Theories of Human Growth
  5. Specific Growth Themes (representative themes include:)
    1. Career Development
    2. Substance Use and Abuse
    3. Wellness Life-styles
    4. Loss and Separation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Formal lectures
  2. Class discussions
  3. Experiential learning activities
  4. Readings, films, and other audio-visual aides
  5. Individual and group research projects
  6. Individual and group learning contracts that are developed with the instructor

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading - A text with supplemental readings is required
  2. Writing - Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, personal reaction papers, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Fadiman, James and Frager, Robert (2001).  Personality and Personal Growth (5th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

Travis, John W and Ryan, Regina S.(1988).  Wellness Workbook (2nd ed.)  Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.


X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Written exams
  2. Written assignments consistent with guidelines in section VIII. B.
  3. Minimum attendance
  4. Individual performance tests on skills listed in Section 6 of Outline of Topics (VI.)
  5. Individual projects

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance
  2. Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
  3. Support services
  4. Important dates

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.