DE300 Springboard Weekend
DE300: Investigating Psychology 3
For students about to start DE300 in October.
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.
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.
What does the weekend offer?
|Overview and introduction; Introduction; Module structure and tips; Overview of project areas; Literature review; Weekend structure.||Tutor team||8.00pm|
|Meet and mix drinks party||The Bar, Rootes Building (1st Floor)||9.45pm|
|Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation||TBC||9.00am|
|Survey 1:Developmental psychology and use of surveys||TBC||11.00am|
|Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective||TBC||2.00pm|
|Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation||TBC||4.00pm|
|Dinner||Panorama Suite, Rootes Building (2nd floor)||8.00pm|
|Disco||Panorama Suite, Rootes Building (2nd floor)||10.00pm-12.30am|
|Survey 2: Personality and Creativity and methods of investigation||TBC||9.00am|
|Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective||TBC||11.00am|
[More detailed methodology]
|Revision Weekend ends 3.00pm|
The DE300 Springboard Weekend will offer a full programme of eight talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture at 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.00pm).
The weekend will start with an introductory overview of the course by a member of the OU production team.
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! On Friday and Saturday evenings there will be social events which give you ample opportunity to relax and socialise with other students
- Dr Alan Pechey has tutored DE200 since it started. He has tutored for over 25 years on OU child development and cognitive psychology courses and is a popular tutor at residential Schools and OUPS Weekends. He has assisted in some course writing and has been an OU exam marker. He has an MA (in cognitive development) and a PhD (looking at human memory) from Cambridge University. Aside from his OU teaching, he worked for many years as a consultant in Organisational Psychology; advising organisations (e.g. Barclaycard, Scotland Yard, local government) on how to adapt to new technology; how to change work practices and how to present information more effectively.
- Phil Hulme is from region 07 in Yorkshire and has been a a DE300 tutor since its start. 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.
- Andy McBurnie has tutored for the OU at all levels for many years. He has tutored DE300 from its start and has contributed to module slidecasts. Away from the OU, Andy is a Business Psychologist and uses survey methodology (as well as qualitative and experimental methods) in his work. As an OU graduate, he is acutely aware of student issues and puts himself in the shoes of the students when he is tutoring.
What's included ?
Costs are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, tuition, handouts and also include social events. Please note that all meals are still included in the non-residential option.
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in lecture theatres within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.
If you book the residential package then you will have a room in student halls complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. Ensuite rooms include a bathroom with toilet and shower while standard rooms share toilet and shower facilities on the same floor.
There are welcome drinks and also a psychology book stall, and these 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. All meals are included in the price of the weekend.
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 Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.
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.
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 !
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.