Course code PPFO100

PPFO100 Personal development

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Course responsible: Knut Omholt
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in the autumn parallel. The course has teaching and assessment in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2021-2022
Preferential right:
Registration with motivation letter to the course coordinator. The motivation letter should be approx. half a page and say something about the applicant's personal reason for taking the course - what it is about what makes one apply, and what it can contribute to one's development, preferably also a few words about how one intends to use the competence one gets further. If more people sign up than the maximum number, participants will be drawn according to criteria that are determined.
Course contents:
The course will contribute to the participants' personal development. We will take as our starting point topics that are relevant to life as a student and further into the profession, such as making important choices, searching for identity and self-image, developing relationships with others and with the physical  environment, and finding context in life. The questions we address will be elucidated with theories and concepts from the professional literature and with action and motifs from the fiction and art. The purpose is for the participants to be able to influence factors that are important for their mental state and personal growth. An important skill to have is to be able to stay in your center when you are exposed to stress. We will therefore work with exercises based on meditation, focusing, sensing and movement, inner dialogue, and writing and other expressions that can work to process experiences. In this way, the course will also provide competence to be able to stand steadily in meeting other people in challenging mental situations, for example as a mentor, supervisor, colleague or in other roles where one is to assist people.
Learning outcome:


The candidate

- knows and can describe essential theories and perspectives on factors that can contribute to personal development.


The candidate

- can reflect on the forces that apply in situations where one must make an important choice

- can reflect on factors that affect one's identity and self-image and one's relationships with others

- can find sources that can put one's situation and life into a larger context

- can use methods to keep calm in situations that challenge one's presence.

General competence

The candidate

- can accommodate other people's sharing of experiences and share their own life experiences

- can take the initiative to communicate with others about matters that may affect important choices in life

- can find ways for further personal development.

Learning activities:
Lectures on key perspectives on what personal development is and what forms the basis for it, with conversations and group work. Exercises in raising awareness of one's mental state and development through meditation, sensing the body, inner dialogues and writing and other expressions.
Teaching support:
Guidance will be given in writing the essay that forms the assessment basis in the course.
A list of literature is handed out at the beginning of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in 80% of the teaching.
Individual written assignment - Pass / Fail.
Nominal workload:
A total of 125 hours. 40 hours of structured teaching. 85 hours self-effort for self-study, work with exercises and writing of essay / assignment.
Entrance requirements:
Type of course:
20 hours lecture with conversations and group work. 24 hours exercises. A total of 44 hours.
An external examiner approves the assessment plan and participates in the censorship of a random sample of the assignments.
Examination details: Written assignment: Passed / Not Passed