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Online DE300 Springboard Day

25th September 2021, LOUPS Online Room
Online booking has now closed, please contact london@oups.org.uk for availability.

DE300: Investigating Psychology 3

For students about to start DE300 in October.

This one-day event has been set up by London & South OUPS to help students who are about to start DE300 to prepare for the course. This session is intended to provide you with an overview of the important aspects of the course and giving you a framework for studying DE300.

The day comprises six sessions that will explore key concepts within this module, and ways of investigating these. Two talks 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.

Methods sessions

We are also presenting three separate sessions to cover the specific project methodologies in detail. Our tutors have created their material to span both events, with the information for their methodology that everyone needs to know in this initial day, and then the methodology-specific information you need to do your project in the methods session. The material for the Experimental method needs to be presented in the order shown below, so this session is scheduled before the main day. 

The project methods sessions are not included in the price for this event, so you may pay to attend any, all or none of these.

Do I need more than one day ?

Yes, you should book the full day and at least one of the project methods sessions.

  • The full day covers all of the approaches because you need to know about all of them in order to answer your EMA (compare and contrast different perspectives etc.)
  • However your project will actually use one of the three methods, so we have a separate session to cover each of these. If you know what approach you're taking then you can book the relevant project session. If you don't know what method you're going to use, you can book the full day plus all three of the separate sessions.

LOUPS DE300 online

Aims of the DE300 Springboard Day

  • To present a series of lectures that 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 day 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.

Membership discount

OUPS members receive a £5 discount on this event.

How to join the event

You can buy this event just like any other OUPS event.

  • We will then send you several reminder emails as the event approaches, each containing a personalised link. You can click on any of these to join the event.
  • Once you have bought this event, you can also 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.

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).

  • Talk 1 - Studying Memory using experimental methods
  • Talk 2 - Studying Language through experiments
  • Talk 3 - Methods for studying individual differences
  • Talk 4 - The pros and cons of using survey
  • Talk 5 - The phenomenological perspective
  • Talk 6 - The discursive perspective


Experiment 1
Studying Memory using experimental methods

15 min break

Experiment 2
Studying Language through experiments

Nancy Rowell 09.00am-10.45am
30-min Break

Survey 1
Methods for studying individual differences psychology

15-min break

Survey 2
The pros and cons of using survey to study development, personality and creativity

Sarah Howcutt 11.15am - 1.00pm
Lunch break

Qualitative 1
The phenomenological perspective

15-min break

Quantitative 2
The discursive perspective

Phil Hulme 2.00pm - 3.45pm


  • 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.


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