DE100 and Essential skills (Online)
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 started the module in October or will be starting in February.
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 weekend is packed with lectures from experienced tutors and will give you 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.
OUPS members receive a £15 discount on this event.
How to join the event
You can buy this event just like any other OUPS event. Once you have bought this event, you can find your link to join the session right here, along with any event materials. You will just need to log into the website and come back to this page shortly before the event.
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.
Please also see our Online Event FAQ for more information.
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 has also worked at The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for over 12 years and is a regular tutor at weekend revision courses for Open University Psychology Society (OUPS).
She also contributes to a number of other modules, e.g. Forensic Psychology, Applied Psychology, Research Methods, etc. and 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).
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 !
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!