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D120 Consolidation and Skills Online Day (1)

For students who started D120 in October and those who just started in February

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D120 Consolidation and Skills Online Day (1)
D120 Consolidation and Skills Online Day (1)

Time & Location

16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 14:30

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About the event

DE120 Consolidation and Study Skills Online Day

This study day is an excellent opportunity to further your understanding about psychology within the context of D120 and to develop effective study skills to provide a firm foundation for the whole of your degree. It will also help you to get to grips with the various research methods covered in the module which will be so important when progressing through your degree.

It will be useful to DE120 students who started their module in October as well as those starting in February 2024

Studying D120 will open up many different areas of psychology to you. Not only do you get an excellent introduction to psychology and its different areas, perspectives and theories, but it also introduces you to the various methodologies that we use to understand these areas. Early on you are introduced to qualitative methods and later to quantitative methods. You also start to use the key statistical package, SPSS. Furthermore, it also gives you the opportunity to develop your academic skills, such as essay writing, critical thinking and referencing. Gaining a solid understanding of the material and practising and improving your study skills now will give you a firm foundation to build on at the higher levels of your degree.

What does the event offer?

This event offers four talks of 45 minutes each.

10.00 - 10.45: Research methods: What, why and how? [Kate]

10.45 - 11.00:   break

11.00 - 11.45: Research methods: using statistics (descriptive and inferential)  [Kate]

11.45 - 12.45  lunch

12.45 - 1.30:   Essay writing covering evaluating and Integrating across chapters [Janet]

1.30 - 1.45:   break

1.45 - 2.30:  Biological perspectives [Fred]

* No advice on specific TMA questions will be given.


· Professor Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 45 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. His latest book is ‘Understanding Sexual Serial Killing’ (2022) C.U.P. 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.

· Dr Kate Hammond has been an Associate Lecturer at the Open University for nearly 10 years, teaching on a variety of psychology modules at level 1, 2 and postgraduate.  She has been an OU student herself for many years as well (PhD, BSc, MSc - in that order). Her PhD looked at political spin and leadership in Ancient Rome - but almost as soon as she completed it, she discovered psychology, opening up a whole new career path.   As a Business Psychologist she teaches in the Faculty of Business, for example, on leadership courses and the MBA research module.  She has also taught at Kingston University and Birbeck University of London.  Her research interests are in social identity and leadership.  She has also regularly trained students in psychometrics and was on the committee of The Psychometrics Forum for several years.  She has authored the online section on Personality on D110 and hopes many of you will recognise her from the D120 Welcome Forum.

· Janet Simpson has been teaching with the OU for thirteen years. She currently teaches on E219, DE200, DD210, E102, DD102 and D120. Janet also marks E219 EMA scripts. Janet has extensive experience of teaching psychology from GCSE to undergraduate level, with a specific focus on helping students to  acquire effective study skills, including critical thinking. As an ex OU mature student, Janet is passionate about lifelong learning, having gained an MSc, and a BSc (Hons) in psychology as well as an MA and a BA (Hons) in English. All studied with the OU. This has given her insight into the student experience. In the early days of her first degree in psychology,  Janet worked full-time as a Rheumatology Nurse specialist, lecturing and delivering workshops to patients, nurses and doctors. Janet has a  particular interest in childhood trauma and resilience, and is currently exploring this from a psychoanalytic perspective, with a view to developing this into a PhD proposal.


These are some of the comments that students have made about events in the past:

'Perfectly organised and the tutors excellent'

'Really enjoyable. I found the event really stimulating and thought provoking. Will definitely be coming back to another one'

'With both tutors I felt able to question and query anything - they were both approachable'

‘I enjoyed them very much, they were very imaginative and I felt like I learned a lot and they presented very well’

' It was informative and has consolidated the material in the text book and left me with a greater enthusiasm than I had before, which was probably high to begin with.'

'Very stimulating! Full of insight and camaraderie. I think it will be very helpful to complete the module'


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