DE300 Springboard Weekend
DE300: Investigating Psychology 3
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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||9.45pm|
|Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation||Nancy Rowell||9.00am|
|Survey 1:Developmental psychology and use of surveys||TBC||11.00am|
|Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective||Phil Hulme||2.00pm|
|Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation||Nancy Rowell||4.00pm|
|Survey 2: Personality and Creativity and methods of investigation||TBC||9.00am|
|Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective||Phil Hulme||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
- 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.
- 3rd tutor TBC
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.
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 taking the exam, 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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You can pay for this event in four instalments using the links to the OUPS PayPlan forms below.
DE300 Springboard Weekend (Ensuite): Please log in to access this standing order form.
DE300 Springboard Weekend (Non-residential): Please log in to access this standing order form.
You must arrange to make your first payment for this plan by 1st May 2020.
For instructions on how to do this please see OUPS PayPlan frequently asked questions.
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.