SOUPS Course overview day
Our course overview days are intensive days in which we outline all of the topics that make up the courses presented. Attending these sessions gives students the advantage of understanding the framework of the course and being mindful of what to concentrate on for the TMAs and exam. They are aimed at students already studying the course irrespective of whether they are ahead or behind in the coursework schedule!.
Students say that the days are inspirational and packed with content, making them excellent value in terms of time and money. This day covers the DE200 OU psychology module.
Registration and coffee is from 9.30am and sessions start at 10.00am.
The day includes tea and coffee breaks (refreshments provided) along with a break for lunch (students need to bring their own!).
These times are great for you to talk to other students and the tutors in a relaxed environment.
The day finishes at around 4:00pm and often tutors and students go to a nearby pub for food and drink.
The event will be held at Queen Mary’s College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke RG21 3HF
DE200 Methods Overview Investigating psychology 2
This level two module is a compulsory module for all the Open University accredited psychology degrees. And understanding research methods is critical for success in the course; as well as providing an essential foundation for third level study which assumes an understanding of the methods. This applies both to theory (the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and the questions they can or can’t address) and practice (some TMAs require use of qualitative or quantitative methods). The overview day addresses both aspects; providing a grounding for both sensible discussion and evaluation of the methods and how to use those required for assignments.
Tutored by OUPS legend, Alan Pechey, the day comprises of the following sessions:
- Overall framework of approaches and methods; matching methods to questions; the basis of the scientific method; causality and correlation
- Quantitative analysis 1: statistical testing for differences between conditions [as required for TMA02]. How to choose appropriate statistical tests; enter data into SPSS; and interpret SPSS output
- Quantitative analysis 2: How to write a report of a quantitative study. Correlations and use of questionnaires; how to write good questions.
- Qualitative analysis. Challenge to the scientific approach. Different qualitative methods; how to conduct a thematic analysis [as required for TMA04].
- Assessments and how to cope with them.
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 !