Adult Psychology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PSY 205

       Course Name: Adult Psychology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PSY 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focus is on changes that occur in adults from young adulthood through old age in the following areas: biological development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. Content includes mental health, personality, motivation, research methodology; social factors such as inter- and intra-generational relationships, work, leisure, and community involvement.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will become aware of the nature of development as a life-long process.
  2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the major developmental theories as they apply to adulthood (e.g. Erikson, Freud, Havighurst, Maslow, Gould).
  3. The student will be able to discuss the changes that occur in adulthood as they relate to work, relationships, physiology, personality and motivation, intellect, sensation and perception, creativity, and wisdom.
  4. The student will be able to discuss the current status and problems of the aged in the United States relating to financial status, societal limitations, living arrangements, social issues, and social support.
  5. The student will learn to define the human behavior studied within this course in operational terms, construct hypotheses, and gather, analyze and interpret data.
  6. The student will understand how psychology emerged as a field of knowledge, and how this influences psychological thinking today.
  7. The student will learn to describe and provide examples of the scientific approach to the study of human behavior, including the ability to differentiate fact from opinion.
  8. The student will be able to identify, compare, and evaluate alternative solutions that arise from various theories presented in this course.
  9. The student will communicate knowledge and application of the course content effectively in writing and/or speech.
  10. The student will recognize course content that can assist in building and maintaining effective human relationships.

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. Research Methodology
  2. Studying Adult Development and Aging
  3. Diversity in Adulthood
  4. Physiological Changes
  5. Longevity, Health, and Prevention
  6. Information Processing
  7. Memory
  8. Intelligence
  9. Personality and Social Cognition
  10. Mental Health and Intervention
  11. Relationships
  12. Work, Leisure, and Retirement
  13. Where We Live
  14. Dying and Bereavement
  15. looking Toward the 21st Century

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lecture, discussion, collaborative assignments, and case studies that foster critical thinking about the subject.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material.  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, 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.

Representative texts include:

Mason, Marion G. (2011).  Adulthood and Aging (12th Edition).  Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes, mid-term and final exam, possibly a research paper or in-class presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance
  2. Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
  3. 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.