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DE300 Springboard Weekend

3rd-5th September 2021, Warwick University
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

DE300: Investigating Psychology 3

For students about to start DE300 in October.

All lectures: Space 17 (Sunday project sessions Space 17, 9 and 25 - please ask your tutor).

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.

Is this weekend COVID-Secure ?

In short, yes ! For details of the relevant arrangements please see our COVID-Secure FAQ

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.

Printed material

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 !

General information (log in to access these links)

  • Frequently Asked Questions (Scarman/Radcliffe)
  • Keeping You Safe (Warwick COVID advice July 2021)
  • Joining Instructions Sept 2021

Event-specific material (accessible if you are logged in and authorised)

Please note that a fee will be applied if you download materials and subsequently cancel your booking (see our Terms & Conditions).

  • DE300 September 2021 Weekend Timetable
  • DE300 Springboard Overview
  • Experimental 1: Memory (Nancy)
  • Experimental 2: Language (Nancy)
  • Experimental 3: Methods (Nancy)
  • Survey 1: Methods (Sarah)
  • Survey 2: Pros and Cons (Sarah)
  • Survey 3: Analyzing surveys (Sarah)
  • Qualitative 1: Phenomenology (Phil)
  • Qualitative 2: Discursive (Phil)
  • Qualitative 3: Methods (Phil)

Provisional Timetable

All lectures: Space 17 (Sunday project sessions Space 17, 9 and 25 - please ask your tutor).

Friday 3rd September

Registration opens Reception 3.00pm
Dinner Restaurant 6.00pm
Welcome briefing   7.45pm
LectureOverview and introduction; Introduction; Module structure and tips; Overview of project areas; Literature review; Weekend structure. Tutor team 8.00pm

Saturday 4th September

Breakfast Restaurant from 7.30am
Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 9.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Survey 1:Methods for studying individual differences psychology Sarah Howcutt 11.00am
Lunch Restaurant 12.30pm
Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective Phil Hulme 2.00pm
Tea/coffee break   3.30pm
Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 4.00-5.30pm
Dinner Restaurant 6.00pm

Sunday 5th September

Breakfast Restaurant from 7.30am
Survey 2: The pros and cons of using survey to study development, personality and creativity Sarah Howcutt 19.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective Phil Hulme 11.00am
Lunch Restaurant 12.30pm
Project-specific sessions
  • Experimental: Nancy Rowell [focus on multi-factorial ANOVA]
  • Survey: Sarah Howcutt [focus on PCA and MR]
  • Qualitative: Phil Hulme [focus on positioning qualitative research and the 3 project options]
Revision Weekend ends 3.30pm


This weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from 9.00am Saturday morning to 4.45pm on Sunday.

Attendees arrive on Friday afternoon/evening, with dinner served 6pm, all meals are served on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch are served on Sunday.

The weekend will start with an introductory overview of the course.

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 ! Although social-distancing has severely restricted our usual programme of social events, there will be ample opportunity to relax and socialise with other students in the evenings should you choose to.


  • 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.
  • Sarah Howcutt has been teaching survey students on DE300 since the start of the module in 2016.  She is the survey software and statistics expert for the module.  In her other work, she teaches epidemiology, systematic reviewing and statistics to Masters and Doctoral students at Oxford Brookes University.  Her research is on how to increase response and data quality in 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.

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 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 assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day 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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Travel and directions

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Please note that due to roadworks Gibbet Hill is going to be closed at the junction week commencing 16th August until 12th September. The diversion route suggested is to travel down Kenilworth Road and join the A45 back towards campus via Sir Henry Parks Road/Charter Avenue. More information can be found here.


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