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Online Transitioning into DE200

5th-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 :)).

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.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 5th September

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
Break   10.30am

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

Frederick Toates 11.00am - 12.30pm
Lunch break   12.45pm

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

Graham Edgar 2.00pm
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

Sunday 6th September

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
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 break   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
Break   3.30pm

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

Frederick Toates



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.’



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).

  • 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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