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Exploring psychology on-line project

This module, 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 module 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. This 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 module.

An alternative residential school module that develops the same practical skills as this course is offered under the code DXR222. 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
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What you will study

This module provides an opportunity to develop your practical skills in psychological research, building on the associated module Exploring psychology (DSE212). Some of the DSE212 materials are used alongside the materials for this module. Study guides direct you through the preparatory work and provide information about the activities that you will complete each week.

The module 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 module 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. 

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

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 module can be found in the facts box above.

Your online participation in the activities and forums is essential and will be assessed. The module does not permit absences of more than a couple of days and regular internet access throughout the duration of the module (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.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available for the last time in October 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 online OU level 2 module, normally you should have:

  • completed Exploring psychology (DSE212) or be currently studying this module and have completed the tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) 03 and 05
  • experience of studying online – taking part in the online discussion forums for DSE212 would be adequate preparation.

This online project 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
10 Oct 2015 Jan 2016 Not yet available

Registration opens on 12/03/15

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 24/10/2014.

What's included

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

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 module. 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.)

If you have a disability

Regular participation in online forums is required throughout the twelve weeks of the module 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 module, DXR222. For more information to help you decide between DZX222 and DXR222 see DXR222 or DZX222: Making the right choice.

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.