DE100 and Essential Skills Weekend
This study weekend is an excellent opportunity to further your understanding about psychology within the context of DE100 and to develop effective study skills to provide a firm foundation for the whole of your degree. It will also help you to get to grips with the various research methods covered in the module which will be so important when progressing through your degree.
The weekend will be useful to all DE100 students, whether they start the module in October or will be starting in February.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 22 June 2020)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation. As the OU student psychology society and as a registered charity, OUPS exists to support you as OU psychology students. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
We currently have a number of events planned and paid for, and while we are hoping that it will be possible to go ahead with our September weekend, this may not be possible based on the public health guidance. The longer-term situation for our January weekend is less clear, but again we are planning for it to go ahead and continually monitoring the situation. So we are open for bookings for both weekends and receiving high numbers of enquiries from people interested in coming who want to know what would happen if we have to cancel.
We have adjusted our terms and conditions for the September 2020 and January 2021 weekends so that if you make a booking, or are already booked on it, we will ensure that you do not lose the cost of that booking:
We are only able to offer refunds of the money paid to us, i.e. we are not able to pay for travel or accommodation that is not included in our event prices. As usual, you will need to ensure that you are covered by travel insurance or by the terms and conditions of any travel providers, hotels etc.
This guarantee applies whether we are able to recoup any costs from our providers or not, and we hope that this update will reassure you that we have your interests at heart.
Studying DE100 not only gives you an excellent introduction to psychology and its different areas, perspectives and theories, but it also gives you the opportunity to develop your academic skills, such as essay writing, critical thinking and referencing, and in addition it gives you a good grounding in the different methodologies used in psychology. Gaining a solid understanding of the material and practising and improving your study skills now will give you a firm foundation to build on at the higher levels of your degree.
This residential weekend at Warwick University is an excellent way to achieve all these aims as well as meeting other students who are studying your module. The weekend is packed with lectures from experienced tutors and you will leave with an overview of the content of the course as well as improved study skills and an understanding of the methodological issues that psychologists are presented with when doing research.
Many students find that these weekends inspire their studies, offering a different channel to distance learning by providing lectures and social opportunities that are a highlight of traditional “brick” universities. Students always comment on how friendly and supportive the atmosphere is at our weekends so there is no need to feel nervous about coming on your own.
What does the weekend offer?
The weekend programme of eight talks runs from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm and evening lecture at 8pm) until Sunday tea time (last lecture finishes at 3.00pm). As well as covering course related topics and study skills, the sessions also allow students the opportunity of acquiring a better understanding and overview of the course as a whole and the option to discuss issues with the tutors. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course. No matter where you are at with the course material or your level of study, the weekend will provide an excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills.
The lectures will be centred around the various topics in the course and a development of study skills and understanding of methods will be covered in specific sessions.
- Introduction to the module
- Bandura and Skinner
- Biological psychology
- Ch 5: 'Determined to love?' and Ch 9: 'Witnessing and Remembering'
- Key features of research
- Experiments and Correlations
- Analysing quantitative data and writing a research report
- Writing an essay* (focusing on the essay question, critical writing, concise writing) and basic DE100 related study skills (referencing, planning, academic reading and note-taking)
*No specific advice on TMAs will be given.
A timetable for the event will be available closer to the time.
The tutors on the weekend are highly experienced and are selected for their unique areas of expertise and different teaching styles. One thing they have in common is their ability to explain things simply and clearly.
Professor Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 41 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK100, DE200 and SDK228, his book Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published. Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in the Netherlands, Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he often provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.
Dr Monika McNeill is a lecturer in Psychology with 20 years of experience; currently based at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a module leader and a popular lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. Monika also contributes to a number of other modules, e.g. Forensic Psychology, Applied Psychology, Research Methods, etc. She has nine years of experience working as an applied psychologist, providing therapeutic interventions and developing psychological programmes for young adults and children with high functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome). Monika has also worked at The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for over 12 years and in the last few years she has been teaching weekend revision courses for Open University Psychology Society (OUPS).
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will email any relevant handouts to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
These are some of the comments that students have made about the weekend in the past:
‘The weekend is really excellent in every way – perfectly organised and the tutors excellent’
‘Really enjoyable. I found the weekend really stimulating and thought provoking. Will definitely be coming back to another one’
'With both tutors I felt able to question and query anything – they were both approachable'
I enjoyed them very much, they were very imaginative and I felt like I learned a lot and they presented very well
'I've enjoyed myself tremendously. It was informative and has consolidated the material in the text book and left me with a greater enthusiasm than I had before, which was probably high to begin with.'
'Very stimulating! Full of insight and camaraderie. I think it will be very helpful to complete the module'
'There was a variety of lectures. Everybody was very friendly - tutors and students alike.'
I just wanted to say what a great event it was at Warwick University this weekend. Really constructive learning and skills development. Met some really fabulous people. Thanks are due for great organisation and presentations. Hope to see some folks again in London next month. On with the TMA then! Thanks Frederick Toates!
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.