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DE300 Springboard Weekend

1st-3rd September 2017, Warwick University
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DE300: Investigating Psychology 3

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.

We are aware that many students face this relatively recent mandatory level 3 course with some trepidation and so we are providing a higher level of tutor cover than usual. Our DE300 course involves four tutors, along with course staff from the OU. All four tutors are highly experienced at making materials accessible to students. Three of these will present on the course content (one for each of the Qualitative, Experimental and Survey approaches), and the fourth will be available as a floating tutor to offer one-to-one advice sessions to students.

Aims of the DE300 Springboard Weekend

What does the weekend offer?

Friday 1st September

Registration Reception 3.00-6.00pm
Dinner   6.00pm
Welcome briefing   7.45pm
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 The Bar, Rootes Building (1st Floor) 9.45pm

Saturday 2nd September

Breakfast   7.30-8.30am
Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation Alan Pechey 9.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Survey 1:Developmental psychology and use of surveys Andy McBurnie 11.00am
Lunch   12.45pm
Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective Phil Hulme 2.00pm
Tea/coffee break   3.30pm
Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation Bruce Downie 4.00pm
Tea/coffee break   5.30pm
Introducing DE300 - what to expect Dr Helen Kaye (The Open University, DE300 Module Chair) 6-7pm
Dinner Panorama Suite, Rootes Building (2nd floor) 8.00pm
Disco Panorama Suite, Rootes Building (2nd floor) 10.00pm-12.30am

Sunday 3rd September

Breakfast   7.30-8.30am
Survey 2: Personality and Creativity and methods of investigation Andy McBurnie 9.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective Phil Hulme 11.00am
Lunch   12.45pm
Project-specific sessions
[More detailed methodology]
  • Experimental: Bruce Downie [focus on multi-factorial ANOVA]
  • Survey: Andy McBurnie [focus on PCA and MR]
  • Qualitative: Phil Hulme [focus on positioning qualitative research and the 3 project options]
1.30 pm
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


What's included ?

Costs are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, tuition, handouts and also include social events. Please note that all meals are still included in the non-residential option. 

What's included ?

Costs are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, tuition, handouts and also include social events. Please note that all meals are still included in the non-residential option.

What to expect

The lectures are conducted in lecture theatres within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.

If you book the residential package then you will have a room in student halls complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. Ensuite rooms include a bathroom with toilet and shower while standard rooms share toilet and shower facilities on the same floor. 

There are welcome drinks and also a psychology book stall, and these 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. All meals are included in the price of the weekend.

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 Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.

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.

Travel and directions

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