SPSS for Newbies Part 1

Try this online SPSS training course with videos, course text, and exercises.
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

SPSS for Newbies Part 1 covers material mostly to the level of a first course in statistics taught at university. The course is based on one that I have delivered to organizations, as a day course for the public in the UK, and parts have been taught to postgrad social science students picking up tools quickly to undertake dissertations. Because people taking my course have little to no background in stats, I take the gentle approach, explaining concepts in a non-mathematical way. And because of my experience, I am able to share with you in the videos, things to watch out for - the kind of things students slip up on.

You have access to video tutorials, course notes with screen shots, and tasks to reinforce your learning. Should you get stuck on any task, don't worry, as you can get help from me through the online help forum. (It really is kind of being in a class!).

The introductory course comprises two parts, and each part has material for a one day course. This first part sets out by presenting a mini questionnaire used in a survey. Whether you have collected the data from a survey of a clinical trial, how does one go about entering data into SPSS, and when the data is in SPSS, how do you go about analyzing it? I show you how to enter data into SPSS, and in Part 1 of this course, I show you two basic tools - plots, and the popular crosstabs (chi-square test) analysis. The coverage of crosstabs is about what you'd see on a masters course with pretty much everything you'd need for a project.

SPSS newbies often think they have to study and entire stats book before they can do a project. That's not the case. Once you have the basics you can study the method that's applicable to your study. This course gives you the basic tools to do that.

Don't have SPSS on your machine?

Don't let that stop you signing up. I show you how to download a free trial version.

What are the requirements?

  • Knowledge of basic stats is helpful, but not required
  • Willingness to attempt the tasks

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • become familiar with the SPSS environment
  • create and load data
  • present summary statistics through tables and graphs
  • run a test of association
  • hear about the other tools useful for the newbie
  • be in a position to add to your statistical toolkit

Who is the target audience?

  • professionals
  • Students
  • People brushing up for job interviews

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome
Getting started
SPSS - your first session
Section 2: Resources
Course book (with screenshots)
62 pages
Solutions to selected Tasks
8 pages
Data sets
Section 3: Data Entry
Recognizing your variables: nominal, ordinal, and scale
Data entry - Variable View and the Data Editor
Task 1: Recognizing data types (up to 15 mins)
14 questions
Data entry - how to code your data
Data entry- missing values
Task 2: creating a SPSS file (30mins)
Section 4: Importing and Managing Data
How to undo a mistake, delete, insert and move variables
Task 3: Managing variables (15mins)
How to import Excel files
Automatic recode
Task 4: Importing Excel Data (15mins)
Section 5: Descriptive Statistics
Measures of location: do I report the mean, median, or mode?
Measures of variability
Task 4.1: Summary Statistics
6 questions
Section 6: Basic charts
Basic charts - a picture is worth a thousand words
Descriptive stats using the Frequency command
Formatting your chart
Exporting charts and tables to Word / Power point
Task 5: Descriptive stats using the Frequency command
Section 7: Comparing Groups
The Split file command
Task 6: Comparing two groups (15mins)
Clustered bar chart
Using Chart Builder
Task 7: Clustered Bar Charts (10mins)
Section 8: Crosstabs
Hypothesis tesing
The P-value: how to use it, remember it
Example: the crosstabs table
Running the chi-squared test
Task 8: Basic crosstabs (20mins)
Reporting the strength of association
Beyond the basics: When to collapse groups
Beyond basics: How to collapse groups
Task 9: Collapsing Groups in Crosstabs
Beyond the basics: controlling for a third variable
Task 10: Crosstabs with a third variable
Section 9: Looking Ahead
Where next?

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Instructor Biography

Phil has over 10 years experience teaching math and statistics to college students. He strongly encourages you to check out his Youtube channel that has lots and lots of helpful videos on SPSS and regression analysis - all for FREE. Just search "Phil Chan SPSS"

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