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DE300 Springboard Weekend

4th-6th September 2020, 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.

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.

Coronavirus statement (updated 15 September 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. 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.

Refund policy

The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you.

Our Terms & Conditions detail the cancellation deadlines and fees under normal circumstances, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a January lockdown) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.

Additional information

Please also see our September Weekend FAQ for more information about the running of the weekend, including our COVID-Secure arrangements.

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.

Provisional Timetable

Friday 4th September

Registration opens Reception 3.00pm
Dinner Restaurant 6.00pm
Welcome briefing and a free glass of wine/soft drink :)  Bar 7.45pm

Saturday 5th September

Breakfast Restaurant from 7.30am
Overview and introduction; Introduction; Module structure and tips; Overview of project areas; Literature review; Weekend structure. Tutor team 9.00-10.30am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 11.00am-12.30pm
Lunch Restaurant 12.30pm
Survey 1:Developmental psychology and use of surveys Andy McBurnie 2.00-3.30pm
Tea/coffee break   3.30pm
Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective Phil Hulme 4.00-5.30pm
Dinner Restaurant 6.00pm

Sunday 6th September

Breakfast Restaurant from 7.30am
Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 9.00-10.30am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am
Survey 2: Personality and Creativity and methods of investigation Andy McBurnie 10.45am-12.15pm
Lunch Restaurant 12.15pm
Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective Phil Hulme 1.30-3.00pm
Tea/coffee break   3.00pm
Project-specific sessions
[More detailed methodology, only available in-person, not available in the online version of this event]
  • Experimental: Nancy Rowell [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]
3.15 pm
Revision Weekend ends 4.45pm


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.
  • Andy McBurnie has tutored for the OU at all levels for many years. He has tutored DE300 from its start and has contributed to module slidecasts. Away from the OU, Andy is a Business Psychologist and uses survey methodology (as well as qualitative and experimental methods) in his work. As an OU graduate, he is acutely aware of student issues and puts himself in the shoes of the students when he is tutoring.

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 the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day 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!


The weekend takes place at Scarman House, The 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.

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)

  • Warwick Conferences - Keeping you safe
  • Warwick Conferences - Frequently Asked Questions

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).

  • 2020-09-08c-PH-Qualitative-Methods.pdf
  • 2020-09-07-PH-Discursive.pdf
  • 2020-09-04-PH-Phenomenology.pdf
  • 2020-09-02-NR-Memory.pdf
  • 2020-09-05-NR-Language.pdf
  • 2020-09-08a-NR-Experimental-Methods.pdf
  • 2020-09-01-DE300 Springboard Introductory Session.pdf
  • 2020-09-06-AMcB-Survey Session 2.pdf
  • 2020-09-03-AMcB-Survey Session 1.pdf
  • 2020-09-08b-AMcB-Survey-Methods.pdf
  • 2020-09-00 Joining Instructions - DE300 Springboard Weekend

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