DE300 Springboard Weekend
For students about to start DE300 in October.
| Special deal for OUPS Members !!
We recently changed our contracting arrangements with Warwick and so do not need to hold as much money in reserve as we were obliged to in the past. This has freed up almost £100,000 that we can now give back to our members.
To do this, OUPS will pay £75 towards the cost of each member attending, so the cost of the events to members will be £250. We will also maintain the previous rate for non-members (£345) rather than increasing this to include Warwick's annual increases.
If you are not currently a member but would like to be, just add membership to your basket before checking out and you will get the full discount.
We hope this will help as many students as possible to come along !
This weekend has been set up by OUPS to help students who are about to start DE300 to prepare for the course. The weekend school is intended to give a very good grounding for starting your core psychology at third level. It will present a foundation for your studies by providing you with an overview of the important aspects of the course and giving you a framework for studying the course.
Our September DE300 event introduces the core areas and methods used within this module and helps you select the method you will use for your DE300 project. It is complemented by the follow-up Consolidation weekend in January, which focuses on how to do the project and write it up, along with consideration of the EMA requirements.
Our tutors will present on the course content (one for each of the Qualitative, Experimental and Survey approaches), and will be available to offer advice to students.
Is this weekend COVID-Secure ?
In short, yes ! For details of the relevant arrangements please see our COVID-Secure FAQ
Aims of the DE300 Springboard Weekend
- To present a weekend of lectures which offer a broad look at DE300 to provide a good framework for your module studies.
- To introduce students (or remind them) about key concepts and methods covered in DE300. The weekend will introduce some of the more accessible parts of the course as well as some of those likely to give trouble (based on past experience).
- To start students thinking about some of the issues they will need to address in their chosen project area.
Please note that while we are unable to address the EMA directly, this event will cover all the relevant topic areas of the module, i.e. experiment, individual differences and qualitative approaches.
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available 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 !
|LectureOverview and introduction; Introduction; Module structure and tips; Overview of project areas; Literature review; Weekend structure.||Tutor team||8.00pm|
|Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation||Nancy Rowell||9.00am|
|Survey 1:Methods for studying individual differences psychology||Sarah Howcutt||11.00am|
|Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective||Phil Hulme||2.00pm|
|Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation||Nancy Rowell||4.00-5.30pm|
|Survey 2: The pros and cons of using survey to study development, personality and creativity||Sarah Howcutt||19.00am|
|Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective||Phil Hulme||11.00am|
|Revision Weekend ends 3.30pm|
This weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from 9.00am Saturday morning to 4.45pm on Sunday.
Attendees arrive on Friday afternoon/evening, with dinner served 6pm, all meals are served on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch are served on Sunday.
The weekend will start with an introductory overview of the course.
The following six sessions will explore key concepts and ways of investigating these. Two of these will relate to each of the potential types of project [experimental, survey and qualitative] and will be delivered by tutors highly experienced in that area.
For the final session we will split into selected project group areas to explore some of the issues one needs to address when running this particular type of project.
As well as providing an introduction to, and overview of the course, it will be an ideal opportunity to meet with other students who are about to start DE300 at the same time as you; and also to talk to some of those involved in producing and teaching the course, who will be tutoring on the weekend. The weekend is being held in parallel with other events for psychology courses so there is likely also to be the chance to meet and talk with students who have already studied DE300 and get some first-hand opinions and tips from them.
The weekend is not all hard work ! Although social-distancing has severely restricted our usual programme of social events, there will be ample opportunity to relax and socialise with other students in the evenings should you choose to.
- Phil Hulme has been a DE300 tutor since its start, in region 07 in Yorkshire. Previously Phil was a tutor and exam marker on DD307 since its introduction and also tutored on its predecessor D317. Phil has been tutoring on OUPS weekends for a number of years and always gets excellent feedback from the students.
- Nancy Rowell has been a tutor on psychology modules since 2009, initially on DD303 (Cognitive psychology) and subsequently modules across the curriculum, so that I now teach on DE100, DE200, DE300 and DD210, as well as E102. Nancy gained all of her psychology degrees through the OU, starting as an undergrad and culminating with a PhD looking at strategies in practice learning, and she is still an OU student - currently studying statistics modules ! Outside the OU she is involved in volunteering with young people's groups.
- Sarah Howcutt has been teaching survey students on DE300 since the start of the module in 2016. She is the survey software and statistics expert for the module. In her other work, she teaches epidemiology, systematic reviewing and statistics to Masters and Doctoral students at Oxford Brookes University. Her research is on how to increase response and data quality in surveys seeking to ask young women questions about their health risk behaviours. She also conducts qualitative research and systematic reviews on interventions to reduce health inequality in the UK.
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, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day 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
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