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Online Transitioning into DE200

17th September 2022, LOUPS Online Room
Last date for bookings
Saturday, 17 September 2022

For students about to start DE200 in October.

This one-day event 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.

The day comprises eight 45-minute 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.

Please also see our Online Event FAQ for more information.

Membership discount

OUPS members receive a 20% discount on this event.

How to join the event

You can buy this event just like any other OUPS event.

  • We will then send you several reminder emails as the event approaches, each containing a personalised link. You can click on any of these to join the event.
  • Once you have bought this event, you can also 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.

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 !

Timetable - provisional at this stage, may change before the event so check back !

The What and the How of DE200
What to know and how to plan it well

15 min break

Individuals or Social Animals
Can we decide for ourselves or are we a mere product of influence?

Monika McNeill 09.00am-10.45am
30-min Break

DE200 Assessment
How to tackle the assignments and even enjoy some of that work

15-min break

Biological psychology
Brains, neurons, synapses etc., linking Chapter 7 of DE100 to DE200

Monika McNeill

Frederick Toates
11.15am - 1.00pm
Lunch break

Changing behaviour
Theories of learning, linking DE100 material to DE200

15-min break

Determined to love
Attachment as it links to the theory of evolution

Frederick Toates 2.00pm - 3.45pm
30-min Break

'We see things not as they are, but as we are'
If perception and attention were simple we souldn't need to write books about them. The whole of cognitive psychology in one(ish) slide!

15-min break

Quantitative and qualitative methods
Love them or hate them, they're coming your way.

Graham Edgar 

4.15pm - 6.00pm


We have an excellent team of 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.’


Monika McNeill


Dr Monika McNeill is a lecturer in Psychology with over 20 years of experience; currently based at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a Deputy Programme Leader, module leader and a popular lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. Her research interests are face and emotion identification, and new media use. Monika has also worked at The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for over 14 years and is a regular tutor at weekend revision courses for OUPS.

She also supervises projects at the BSc, MSc, and DPsych levels, as well as contributing to a number of modules, e.g. Forensic Psychology, Research Methods, etc. Dr McNeill has nine years of experience working as an applied psychologist, providing interventions and developing psychological programmes for young adults and children with Asperger Syndrome.


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