Transitioning into DE200
Transitioning into DE200
|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.
For students about to start DE200 in October.
This weekend is designed for students moving into the core second-level module DE200. Given that most people will have had at least a year between DE100 and DE200, this course provides a reminder of DE100 and a primer for DE200, as it examines how the material you have previously covered is valuable in the context of DE200. The weekend will also help prepare you for the new methods and theories that you will encounter in DE200 and will be equally relevant to students going via DD210, E219 or D241.
There will be eight lectures, some focused on specific topics and some (particularly the Saturday evening lecture) with a broader focus. We can’t cover every nook and cranny of DE200, but we aim to give you an understanding of the structure and the broad theoretical approaches you will encounter.
The weekend should also be fun (note ‘fun’ is a subjective term and this statement in no way provides grounds for a refund if you decide it wasn’t :)).
What does the weekend offer?
This weekend offers a full programme of nine talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea-time (3.00pm).
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 DE200 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.
- Lecture 1: ‘We see things not as they are, but as we are.’
If perception were simple, we wouldn’t need to write books about it. (Graham Edgar)
- Lecture 2: ‘Language and the brain’
Building on Chapter 7 of DE100 (Frederick Toates)
- Lecture 3: Quantitative methods.
Love them or hate them, they’re certainly useful – and coming your way. (Graham Edgar)
- Lecture 4: Qualitative methods.
Not everybody can add up and why should you? There are other ways to do research and different questions to be answered. (Graham Edgar)
- Lecture 5: 'Can I watch the TV and do my TMA at the same time?'
Yes you can, but it won’t work. Theories of attention can explain why not. (Graham Edgar)
- Lecture 6: ‘Determined to love’ and ‘Changing behaviour’
Building on Chapters 4 and 5 of DE100 (Frederick Toates)
- Lecture 7: What’s it all for?
Psychology in real life and wondering if Milgram had a point (more on that in Lecture 8). (Graham Edgar)
- Lecture 8: ‘Exposing the authoritarian personality, and 'Just following orders’
Building on Chapters 1 and 2 of DE100 (Frederick Toates)
We have an excellent team of two experienced and motivated tutors on this course. They can give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.
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.
Professor Graham Edgar has been a tutor with the OU for many years, and is both a current DE200 tutor and a regular contributor to OUPS weekends. He was an author of the Perception & Attention chapter in DSE212 and is co-author of the Chapter ‘Paying attention’ in DE100. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, where he works in the general area of cognitive psychology, with particular interests in the areas of perception and situation awareness (SA). Current research includes studies of driver behaviour, decision-making in firefighters, and the development of techniques for measuring SA - including measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Graham has spent a substantial amount of time applying psychology in the ‘real world.’
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.
Click here for information on accessibility, parking and other related facilities.
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.