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Personal Development

Course Code: HUMD 1100
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Counselling
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed to help students understand the factors that influence behaviour and to learn how to take charge of one’s own life. The focus will be on increasing self-awareness and knowledge as a stepping stone to personal growth. The class will deal with developing personal strengths, coping strategies, self-management, and personal goal attainment. Specific topics such as personal needs/rights/values, individual style, self-esteem/concept, and stress/time management will be explored.

Course Content

Depending upon the needs of the class and the discretion of the instructor, specific topics may include:

  1. Dimensions and awareness of the self.
  2. Personal History.
  3. Personal needs/rights/values
  4. Personal style of relating to self and others.  Relationships. Group roles.
  5. Problem solving, decision making, goal attainment
  6. Self-management processes
  7. Group presentation skills and coping strategies
  8. Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  9. Time and Stress Management

Methods of Instruction

Students learn through active participation in group interaction.  Although the course is not group therapy, students are encouraged and challenged to take risks.  Personal growth develops from a willingness to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.  This occurs in HUMD 1100 in the form of offering input to class discussions, being active in small group discussions and participating in presentations, role-plays and group exercises.

Means of Assessment

Due to the experiential nature of the course, regular attendance is necessary to maximize student learning.  The specific inclusion and weighting of the following items will be determined by the instructor in accordance with college policy.

  1. Attendance and participation in class activities.
  2. A weekly written journal in which learning derived from class activities will be described.
  3. Completion of various assignments, exercises, inventories, etc.
  4. Report on topic(s) related to the course content and objectives.
  5. Small group research and oral presentation.
  6. An action plan designed to promote personal goal attainment.
  7. Quizzes and/or tests.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To increase self-awareness, and to realize one’s strengths and weaknesses as a source of growth.
  2. To increase understanding of factors that influence behavior.
  3. To establish confidence in ability to take charge of one’s life.
  4. To learn to accept and trust, and to take planful risks.
  5. To develop a willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.
  6. To learn skills and strategies toward personal development and successful self-management and goal attainment.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.