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This course, which builds on Exploring psychology (DSE212), covers a range of approaches and methods in psychology – developing your research skills (including use of SPSS) and your understanding of the practical and ethical issues involved. The principal part of the course involves group work, designing, conducting and analysing a psychological study in small groups. This study will be conducted in the broad areas of memory or communication. The course is a Virtual Residential School conducted entirely online, using online forums for tutor support, group discussions, activities and project work. Regular internet access (logging on at least three times a week) is required throughout the duration of the course.
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.
This course provides an opportunity to develop your practical skills in psychological research, building on the associated course Exploring psychology (DSE212). Some of the DSE212 materials are used alongside the materials for this course. Study guides direct you through the preparatory work and provide information about the activities that you will complete each week.
The course is divided into three principal components.
The first component is based on preliminary work and activities that will revise those aspects of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis already explored in DSE212. This preliminary work is undertaken individually and is mainly reading, but there are multiple choice questions and several other activities for you to engage in. You will be encouraged to complete this component before the formal course start date.
The second component is the Virtual Residential School itself and involves you in participating regularly (at least three times per week) in the online activities and discussion forums. This second component starts with activities based on two broad psychological topics, communication and memory. These activities are preparation for the group-based project work that you start in week four of the course. During the first three weeks, through online discussion with other students and a team of tutors, 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 be introduced to the use of electronic databases and receive guided tuition in how to conduct a more advanced computer-based statistical analysis than the one undertaken in DSE212 (but using the same computer package, SPSS/PASW). You will also engage in an activity that involves discussion based on ethical proposals that illustrate the ethical principles that are at stake in psychological research.
For the third component you will be asked to develop a research study in a small project group and to submit an individual report of the study in which you have been involved.
This Level 2 course builds on the content and skills developed in DSE212, so you must take DSE212 and complete TMAs 03 and 05 before you start DZX222. (N.B. If you studied DSE212 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 DZX222 (or DXR222) before attempting the Level 3 psychology courses. If you do not already have online experience we strongly recommend that you take part in the DSE212 online discussion forums to gain experience in this area.
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.
Regular participation in online forums is required throughout the twelve weeks of the course and you will be making extensive use of a personal computer, the internet and specialist software – so you’ll need internet access throughout. You may like to consider taking the conventional one week residential version of this course, DXR222. For more information to help you decide between DZX222 and DXR222 see DXR222 or DZX222: Making the right choice. 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:
An online Project Guide, online Study Guides, conferencing software, SPSS/PASW, video clips on DVD and a range of online optional activities.
You will need DVD viewing equipment.
You should expect to spend at least two and sometimes up to four hours every week online during this course. You will also need some DSE212 materials – course books 1 and 2, Exploring Psychological Research Methods, the CD-ROMs and DVD. (N.B. If you studied DSE212 prior to the October 2007 presentation you will need the following DSE212 materials: course books 1 and 2, CD-ROMs and methods booklets. You will also need the DSE212 video cassette for your preparatory work.)
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will be taught by a team of tutors and all contact with your tutor team will be entirely online. There is no face-to-face or phone contact with students or tutors.
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 online participation in the activities and forums is essential and will be assessed. The course does not permit absences of more than a couple of days and regular internet access throughout the duration of the course (logging on at least 2-3 times a week) is essential in order to pass. The major component of assessment will consist of a report of the project that you conducted, submitted online.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available for the last time in October 2015.
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