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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About This Course

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

What 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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
Getting started
Preview
02:38
SPSS - your first session
Preview
07:04
Section 2: Resources
Course book (with screenshots)
62 pages
Solutions to selected Tasks
8 pages
Data sets
Article
Section 3: Data Entry
Recognizing your variables: nominal, ordinal, and scale
Preview
03:15
Data entry - Variable View and the Data Editor
03:08
Task 1: Recognizing data types (up to 15 mins)
14 questions
Data entry - how to code your data
10:29
Data entry- missing values
02:50
Task 2: creating a SPSS file (30mins)
Article
Section 4: Importing and Managing Data
How to undo a mistake, delete, insert and move variables
04:51
Task 3: Managing variables (15mins)
Article
How to import Excel files
03:22
Automatic recode
02:05
Task 4: Importing Excel Data (15mins)
Article
Section 5: Descriptive Statistics
Measures of location: do I report the mean, median, or mode?
06:11
Measures of variability
02:02
Task 4.1: Summary Statistics
6 questions
Section 6: Basic charts
Basic charts - a picture is worth a thousand words
03:31
Descriptive stats using the Frequency command
05:25
Formatting your chart
06:27
Exporting charts and tables to Word / Power point
01:00
Task 5: Descriptive stats using the Frequency command
Article
Section 7: Comparing Groups
The Split file command
04:02
Task 6: Comparing two groups (15mins)
Article
Clustered bar chart
04:14
Using Chart Builder
04:42
Task 7: Clustered Bar Charts (10mins)
Article
Section 8: Crosstabs
Hypothesis tesing
Article
The P-value: how to use it, remember it
05:40
Example: the crosstabs table
05:54
Running the chi-squared test
07:36
Task 8: Basic crosstabs (20mins)
Article
Reporting the strength of association
07:10
Beyond the basics: When to collapse groups
06:48
Beyond basics: How to collapse groups
07:36
Task 9: Collapsing Groups in Crosstabs
Article
Beyond the basics: controlling for a third variable
04:52
Task 10: Crosstabs with a third variable
Article
Section 9: Looking Ahead
Where next?
08:54

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Instructor Biography

Phil Chan, PhD, Statisticsmentor.com

Phil has over 10 years experience teaching math and statistics to college students, and run computing courses for organizations. He is experienced in teaching students with a low math background, and getting resit students through an exam. He has tutored private students taking courses from all over England face-face and online. He has a teaching prize awarded by a top university, and has over 6000 subscribers on Youtube on his statistics channel. He teaches quantitative methods, calculus, linear algebra, core undergrad statistics, econometrics, and more advanced courses in regression, and statistical computing packages SPSS, R, Stata, Eviews, Gretl, Oxmetrics. He speaks with a northern British accent, and delivers his content over video clearly and audibly. Before taking a course with him check out his Youtube channel and blog.

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