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Exploring psychology project

This short module, 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 module Exploring psychology (DSE212), using materials from this module – 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.

An alternative, online module that develops the same practical skills is offered under the module code DZX222. For further information on which module is the most suitable for you, see DXR222 or DZX222: Making the right choice.

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. The credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.


Module code
Study level
2 9 5
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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What you will study

The module is divided into three principal components. 

  • The first involves preparatory work and activities, revising aspects of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis that you explored in Exploring psychology (you must have completed TMAs 03 and 05 of Exploring psychology before undertaking DXR222). A study guide directs you through this work, which is mainly reading with a few multiple choice questions and other activities, and provides information about the assignments that you will complete. 
  • The second component is the residential week itself, which will be held at several UK universities during July and August. You will be asked to choose your week when you register for the module. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. 
  • The third component is the assignment you complete after your residential school week. See our Residential Schools website for more information.

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. 

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

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 module 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.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in June 2014. We expect it to be available for the last time in June 2015.


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.

Course work includes:

End-of-module assessment
Stand-alone residential school


To study this OU level 2 module, normally you should:

This short module, with a week-long residential school at its core, builds on the content and skills developed in Exploring psychology and together they provide excellent preparation for your OU level 3 psychology studies.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


Start End England fee Register
20 Jun 2015 Oct 2015 £658.00

Registration closes 19/06/15 (places subject to availability)


You may need to apply for some payment or funding options earlier. Please check the Fees and Funding information or contact us for information.

Additional Costs

Residential School fees

This module will include a residential school, when you study this the tuition fee may not include accommodation and meals, and you may be asked to pay an additional fee of up to £255. You will also be responsible for the cost of your travel to the venue. If you're on a low income you will be able to apply for help with these costs after you've registered.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 21/10/2014.

What's included

Study and assessment guide, other printed materials, website.

You will need

DVD player.

You will also need some of the materials from Exploring psychology – module 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 - module books 1 and 2, CD-ROMs, and methods booklets. You will also need the Exploring psychology videocassette for your preparatory work.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module. It includes online activities – you can access using a web browser – and some module software provided on disk.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer running Windows since 2008 you should have no problems completing the computer-based activities.
  • A netbook, tablet or other mobile device is not suitable for this module – check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you have an Apple Mac or Linux computer – please note that you can only use it for this module by running Windows on it using Boot Camp or a similar dual-boot system.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

If you have a disability

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 module 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.

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. Find out more about our services for disabled students.