DE300 Consolidation Weekend
While our September DE300 event introduces the core areas and methods and helps you select the method you will use for your DE300 project, this follow-up weekend focuses on how to do the project and write it up, along with consideration of the EMA requirements.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 18 March 2021)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing the possibility of things returning to more normal in the coming months. 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 are currently planning our future programme based on the public health guidance. The long-term situation for our weekends is not yet clear, but we are planning to resume face-to-face events when the situation permits.
We hope to announce our next face-to-face events to support students starting new modules as the new academic year begins in October 2021 and in the meantime we are running both study events and online social events through the London and South region, and would love to welcome as many of you to these as possible.
Please see our COVID-Secure FAQ for more information about the running of the weekend including our COVID-Secure arrangements.
What does the weekend offer?
This weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Saturday morning (9.00am) to teatime on Sunday (last talk finishes at 5.30pm).
Attendees can arrive any time after 3pm on Friday afternoon, with dinner served at 6pm. All meals are served on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch are served on Sunday.
The focus of the weekend will be on how to carry out the project, how to analyse the data collected and how to write this up. The sessions will also give advice on how to tackle the EMA and how to approach your own revision sessions. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.
This is a highly-tailored event, with more sessions than we usually run as we understand that each project-type has its own particular needs. The initial sessions will be shared by all students and we will then split the group by project type so that you can get the information most relevant to you.
The provisional timetable is as follows, but please note that this may have to change to accommodate social distancing and 'bubbles':
|Lecture Day/Time||Session name and details|
|Saturday: 9:00 – 10:30pm||Session 1. Introduction to the weekend’s layout – workload – Literature Review to PPF|
|Saturday: 11:00 – 12:45am||Session 2. EMA – Experimental Elements|
|Saturday: 2:00 – 3:30pm||Session 3: EMA – Individual Differences Elements|
|Saturday: 4:00 – 5:30pm||Session 4. EMA – Qualitative Elements|
|Sunday: 9:00 – 10:30am||Session 5. Project Development to RQ; Hypothesis to Methods|
|Sunday: 11:00 – 12:30pm||Session 6. Methods and Data Collection|
|Sunday: 1:30 – 3:00pm||Session 7. Results and Analysis|
|Sunday: 4:00 – 5:30pm||Session 8. Discussion, write-up and Q&A session|
The OUPS DE300 Consolidation Weekend offers you extensive coverage of everything you need to carry out and then write up your DE300 project. It will also review the DE300 EMA and discuss ways in which you can approach this piece of work, though we will not discuss answers to the actual EMA that is set.
Tutors on our weekends are all highly experienced and are chosen to give you the variety of specialised knowledge and advice needed to cover the different psychollogical approaches used in DE300.
Our panel of tutors for this weekend will confirmed closer to the event.
Our currently confirmed panel of tutors for this weekend is:
- Dr Angie Johnson authored the ‘Doing your experiment project’ chapter of DE300 and has tutored Open University cognitive psychology for 13 years as an Associate Lecturer and residential school tutor. Angie has taught a variety of subjects in Psychology at Northumbria University but her main focus and interest is Research Methods. Her research experience is vast and has involved a diverse range of industrial based projects including the development of business and digital solutions for psychological problems at Northumbria University. Most recently Angie is a Usability Research consultant and works with designers to develop digitised programmes within the public sector. She is currently writing a book on the Psychological Principles of Design and also has many more ideas to put into print as she investigates online behaviour and fraud.
- Sarah Howcutt has been teaching survey students on DE300 since the start of the module in 2016. She is also the software specialist for Qualtrics and SPSS for the module. In her other work, she is Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University, teaching epidemiology and statistics to Masters and Doctoral students. Her research is on how to increase response and data quality in health 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.
- Tutor 3 TBC
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 !
Here are some of the things previous students have said about our previous DE300 Weekends.
All lecturers were clearly very knowledgeable of subject matter and were interested in engaging the students
I did not know what to expect but the weekend has given me a really good grounding to start DE300
Great introduction – comprehensive for a springboard weekend – perfect
An absolutely fantastic weekend
A great experience. Feel motivated and prepared for this year
Well-presented and tutors were friendly and available to answer queries
Very Useful. All tutors really know their stuff and are clearly very passionate about their specialities
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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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 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 assessment, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and all meals are still included.
The welcome briefing is a great opportunity to meet the tutors and other students over a free glass of wine or soft drink. Our OUPS committee member will also introduce themselves so you'll know who to contact 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 catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Unfortunately because of the COVID situation we are not able to hold our book stall, which is usually a social centre in itself ! However we hope that you will be able to enjoy the facilities, including the outdoor areas, to meet as many others as you would like to.
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!
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.