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Transitioning into DE200

4th-6th September 2020, Warwick University
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

Transitioning into DE200

For students about to start DE200 in October.

This weekend is designed for students moving into the core second-level module DE200. Given that most people will have had at least a year between DE100 and DE200, this course provides a reminder of DE100 and a primer for DE200, as it examines how the material you have previously covered is valuable in the context of DE200. The content will also help prepare you for the new methods and theories that you will encounter in DE200 and will be equally relevant to students going via DD210, E219 or D241.

There will be eight lectures, some focused on specific topics and some with a broader focus. We can’t cover every nook and cranny of DE200, but we aim to give you an understanding of the structure and the broad theoretical approaches you will encounter.

The weekend should also be fun (note ‘fun’ is a subjective term and this statement in no way provides grounds for a refund if you decide it wasn’t :)).

What does the weekend offer?

This weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Saturday morning (9.00am) to teatime on Sunday (5.30pm).

Attendees arrive on Friday afternoon/evening, with dinner served 6pm, all meals are served on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch are served on Sunday.

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 DE200 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.

Additional information

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

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.

Provisional Timetable

Friday 4th September

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

Saturday 5th September

Breakfast   7.30-8.30am

Lecture 1: ‘We see things not as they are, but as we are.’
If perception were simple, we wouldn’t need to write books about it.

Graham Edgar 9.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am

Lecture 2: ‘Language and the brain’
Building on Chapter 7 of DE100

Frederick Toates 11.00am - 12.30pm
Lunch   12.45pm

Lecture 3: Quantitative methods. 
Love them or hate them, they’re certainly useful – and coming your way.

Graham Edgar 2.00pm
Tea/coffee break   3.30pm

Lecture 4: Qualitative methods. 
Not everybody can add up and why should you? There are other ways to do research and different questions to be answered.

Graham Edgar 4.00-5.30pm
Dinner   6.00pm

Sunday 6th September

Breakfast   7.30-8.30am

Lecture 5: 'Can I watch the TV and do my TMA at the same time?'
Yes you can, but it won’t work.  Theories of attention can explain why not. 

Graham Edgar 9.00am
Tea/Coffee break   10.30am

Lecture 6: ‘Determined to love’ and ‘Changing behaviour’
Building on Chapters 4 and 5 of DE100

Frederick Toates 11.00am-12.30pm
Lunch   12.45pm

Lecture 7: What’s it all for? 
Psychology in real life and wondering if Milgram had a point (more on that in Lecture 8).

Graham Edgar 2.00pm
Tea/coffee break   3.30pm

Lecture 8: ‘Exposing the authoritarian personality, and 'Just following orders’
Building on Chapters 1 and 2 of DE100

Frederick Toates

4.00 pm
Revision Weekend ends 5.30pm


We have an excellent team of two experienced and motivated tutors on this course, who can offer a wealth of specialised knowledge and advice.

Frederick Toates


Professor Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 41 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK100, DE200 and SDK228, his book  Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published.  Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in the Netherlands, Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he often provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.


Graham Edgar


Professor Graham Edgar has been a tutor with the OU for many years, and is both a current DE200 tutor and a regular contributor to OUPS weekends. He was an author of the Perception & Attention chapter in DSE212 and is co-author of the Chapter ‘Paying attention’ in DE100. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, where he works in the general area of cognitive psychology, with particular interests in the areas of perception and situation awareness (SA). Current research includes studies of driver behaviour, decision-making in firefighters, and the development of techniques for measuring SA - including measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Graham has spent a substantial amount of time applying psychology in the ‘real world.’



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 full 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 Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, 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).

  • Frederick Toates - Session 2
  • Frederick Toates - Session 3
  • Frederick Toates - Session 1
  • 2020-09-00 Joining Instructions - Transitioning to DE200
  • 2020-09-DE200-04-GE Session 4
  • 2020-09-DE200 - GE -Guardian article 'No social distancing' - MARKED UP
  • 2020-09-DE200-02-GE Session 2
  • 2020-09-DE200 Guardian article
  • 2020-09-DE200-05-GE Session 5
  • 2020-09-DE200-03-GE Session 3
  • 2020-09-DE200-01-GE Session 1

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