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Online DE300 Springboard Weekend

5th-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 online 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.

This online weekend offers a full programme of seven talks, running from Saturday morning (9.00am) to Sunday afternoon (3.00pm).

Please also see our Online Event FAQ for more information.

Membership discount

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.

Aims of the Online DE300 Springboard Weekend

  • To present a weekend of online 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

Saturday 5th September

Overview and introduction; Introduction; Module structure and tips; Overview of project areas; Literature review; Weekend structure. Tutor team 9.00am
Break   10.30am
Experimental 1: Memory and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 11.00am
Lunch break   12.30pm
Survey 1:Developmental psychology and use of surveys Andy McBurnie 2.00pm
Break   3.30pm
Qualitative 1: the phenomenological perspective Phil Hulme 4.00pm

Sunday 6th September

Experimental 2: Language and experimental methods of investigation Nancy Rowell 9.00am
Break   10.30am
Survey 2: Personality and Creativity and methods of investigation Andy McBurnie 10.45am
Lunch break   12.15pm
Qualitative 2: the discursive perspective Phil Hulme 1.30pm
Online weekend finishes   3.00pm


  • 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.

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 !

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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