SPSS for Newbies Part 1
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SPSS for Newbies Part 1

Try this online SPSS training course with videos, course text, and exercises.
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Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Phil Chan
Last updated 6/2014
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • Knowledge of basic stats is helpful, but not required
  • Willingness to attempt the tasks

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • professionals
  • Students
  • People brushing up for job interviews
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
3 Lectures 00:07
Course book (with screenshots)
62 pages

Solutions to selected Tasks
8 pages

Data sets
Data Entry
5 Lectures 20:14

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)
Importing and Managing Data
5 Lectures 10:56
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)
Descriptive Statistics
2 Lectures 08:13
Measures of location: do I report the mean, median, or mode?

Measures of variability

Task 4.1: Summary Statistics
6 questions
Basic charts
5 Lectures 16:38
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
Comparing Groups
5 Lectures 13:31
The Split file command

Task 6: Comparing two groups (15mins)

Clustered bar chart

Using Chart Builder

Task 7: Clustered Bar Charts (10mins)
11 Lectures 48:43
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
Looking Ahead
1 Lecture 08:54
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About the Instructor
Phil Chan
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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"