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This short course, with a week-long residential school at its core, provides an opportunity to develop your practical skills in psychological research. It builds on the associated course Exploring psychology (DSE212), using materials from this course – alongside other resources – to help you prepare for the residential school. During the residential week, you will engage in activities that demonstrate the practical and ethical issues involved in conducting research. You’ll also design, conduct and analyse one project as part of a group, using either quantitative or qualitative methods. Register early if you have a preferred date and venue in mind as unfortunately we can’t always offer your first choice.
Modules at Level 2 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.
The course is divided into three principal components.
The residential week starts with preparatory activities based around the two psychological topics of memory and communication. On Sunday and Monday you will participate in tutor-guided activities, based on different steps in the research cycle, designed to prepare you for the group-based project work that you complete during the rest of the week. During the week, you will learn more about collecting and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data, and gain experience of using different experimental and observational techniques. You will also have an introduction to the use of electronic databases and guided tuition in using a more advanced computer-based statistical analysis than you conducted in Exploring psychology (but using the same computer package, SPSS).
After the residential school you will be asked to write an assignment comprising a report of the research you have conducted.
This Level 2 course builds on the content and skills developed in the first half of Exploring psychology, so you should either take the two courses in the same year, or take DXR222 after you have successfully completed Exploring psychology. You must have completed TMAs 03 and 05 of Exploring psychology before undertaking DXR222. (N.B.: if you studied Exploring psychology prior to the October 2007 presentation you must have completed TMAs 03 and 04). The two courses are closely linked and together they provide excellent preparation for further studies in psychology. It is expected that you will complete DXR222/DZX222 before attempting the Level 3 psychology courses.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
Attendance at the school is required, so if you feel it may present difficulties for you, you should take advice from our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering. You could register for Exploring psychology on-line project (DZX222) instead. For more information to help you decide between DXR222 and DZX222 see DXR222 or DZX222: Making the right choice.
At the residential school you will be expected to participate in group work, use computers, conduct observations and run experiments. We advise you to consider the advantages of having an assistant if you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or medical condition that might prevent you from participating fully in either the preparatory activities or the project work.
You will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer and, to a lesser degree, the course website. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or using the internet and have any concerns about accessing the types of study materials outlined you are advised to talk to our Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs.
After you have registered you will receive detailed information about the residential school site and the facilities available to help with the academic programme.
The printed study materials are available in comb-bound format and on audio in DAISY Digital Talking Book format. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific, mathematical, foreign language, musical or graphic materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other materials may be available in future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
Study and assessment guide, other printed materials, website.
You will also need some of the materials from Exploring psychology – course books 1, 2, and Exploring Psychological Research Methods, the CD-ROMs, and DVD.
N.B. If you studied Exploring psychology prior to the October 2007 presentation you will need the following materials - course books 1 and 2, CD-ROMs, and methods booklets. You will also need the Exploring psychology videocassette for your preparatory work.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course. It includes online activities – you can access using a web browser – and some course software provided on disk.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will work with several tutors during the residential school week. They will provide support and advice as you conduct and analyse your project work. You do not have a tutor during the rest of the study time, but you will have access to a tutor-led online forum and a phone-based helpline to answer queries.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.
Your participation at residential school will contribute towards the assessment, but the major assessed component will consist of a report of the project you conducted, to be submitted on paper at the beginning of September.
This course may help you to gain recognition from a professional body. You can view or download our Recognition leaflet 3.1 British Psychological Society for further information.
The details given here are for the course that starts in June 2014. We expect it to be available for the last time in June 2015.
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