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OUPS SE DE300 Project focus day

4th February 2017, Central Sussex College
Online booking has now closed, please contact southeast@oups.org.uk for availability.

The project focus day is an intensive day in which we focus on the stages involved in completing an independent project (survey, text-based and experimental). Attending these sessions give the advantage of understanding the framework of the project and being mindful of what to concentrate on, though no specific advice will be given on individual projects. They are aimed at students already studying the course irrespective of whether they are ahead or behind in the coursework schedule. Students say that OUPS events are inspirational and packed with content, making them excellent value in terms of time and money.

Places are open to anyone, however students studying the modules will take preference.


Registration will take place in the ground floor reception area from 9.30am.

Talks start at 10.00am.

Tea and coffee breaks along with a break for lunch allow attendees to take time to socialise at the venue. Catering is not included but there are facilities at the College and within ten minutes walk of the venue.

The day finishes at around 4:00pm.

Tutors and programmes

EXPERIMENTAL: Dr. Angie Johnson authored the DE300 chapter ‘Doing your experiment project’ and has tutored Open University cognitive psychology for 12 years including residential school. She is an ex-OU student and attributes her career path to the OU cognitive psychology residential school in Stirling which captured her attention and stimulated her interest in experimental design. She has several years’ experience teaching across a variety of subjects in Psychology at Northumbria University but her main focus and interest is Research Methods. Her research experience is vast and has involved a diverse range of industrial based projects including the development of business solutions for psychological problems at Northumbria University. Most recently Angie is a Usability Research consultant and is writing a book on the Psychological Principles of Design

SURVEY: Andy McBurnie is an experienced OU psychology tutor and examiner. He currently tutors and examines on DE100, DD210 and DE300, and has tutored on a range of previous OU psychology courses including the residential schools for DD303 and DXR222. As a graduate of the OU, Andy can vividly remember what it was like to be a student and puts this to use when tutoring, putting himself in the minds of the students and delivering with enthusiasm. He has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and works as an applied psychologist, primarily in the business world but also in personal development.


The day comprises of four sessions, covering areas of each of the projects such as:

  • Overview of carrying out and writing up project - Introduction and literature review
  • Method - cover how you actually do your project and write it up - research diaries
  • Results - Cover the analysis required - SPSS, how to do it, how to write it up
  • Discussion - interpreting the results – writing up the discussion – Poster creation - Q&A time

Note: the sessions are focused on generic projects in the experimental, survey and qualitative areas. These will cover all aspects of creating and carrying out projects in these areas but it will not be possible to discuss individual projects on the day. Your own tutor is your contact for specific advice on your project.


The event will be held at the Crawley campus of Central Sussex College, College Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1NR.

Crawley town centre is across the main road from the campus and has various coffee shops and places to buy food. There are vending machines on site for hot and cold drinks.

Mobility access to all floors in the building.

Travel directions

Maps to the Crawley campus can be found on the Crawley College website.


Visitors are requested to note that the on-site visitor parking is used by the public as a 'pay and display', therefore you are asked to park here or in the nearby ‘pay and display’ car parks.


Exit the M25 at Junction 7 to join the M23 towards Gatwick and Brighton. Exit the M23 at Junction 10 and take the third exit joining the A2011 Crawley Avenue and follow signs to Crawley. At the first interchange take the second exit, joining the A2004 Northgate Avenue towards Crawley. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto College Road. You'll see the Crawley Campus on your left. Student parking can be found by turning left at the next traffic lights onto Haslett Avenue and taking the first exit at the roundabout into the College's student car park.


Exit the M23 at Junction 10 and take the first exit joining the A2011 Crawley Avenue and follow signs to Crawley. At the first interchange take the second exit, joining the A2004 Northgate Avenue towards Crawley. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto College Road. You'll see the Crawley Campus on your left. Student parking can be found by turning left at the next traffic lights onto Haslett Avenue and taking the first exit at the roundabout into the College's student car park.

Public Transport

Crawley bus station can be found opposite the railway station, just a five minute walk from the Campus. The town centre is served by frequent local bus services.

The Crawley Campus is a five minute walk from Crawley train station, via Station Way and Southgate Avenue.


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