Introduction to SPSS Statistics - 1 day course


Introduction to SPSS Statistics

This course is designed to help you to acquire the skills necessary to create SPSS files from scratch or from paper-based questionnaire data; import data from Excel into SPSS; generate descriptive statistics and graphical summaries; learn data manipulation techniques such as compute, recode, select if, count occurrence, weight cases, split file and multiple response set with associated frequencies and cross-tabulation summaries.

The course is sub-divided into the following Lessons:

  • Explore SPSS software using health and social sample data files
  • Create a new SPSS file from scratch 
  • Summaries your newly created data file using Frequency tables, the Explore command, Cross-tabulation tables and Graphs
  • Manipulate your data using recode, count occurence, split files, and Select or filter cases given a criteria.

Explore SPSS using a sample medical data file

In this lesson, you will explore SPSS software using a sample data file.


You will cover the following:

  • Explore the SPSS package using a sample data file.
  • Recognise the basic concept of levels of measurement - categorical (nominal and ordinal) and continuous measuresments.
  • Generate summary statistics and graphs appropriate for categorical data and also continuous data types.
  • Summarise and explore relationships and comparisons between variables in the data using the Explore command and Cross-tabulation matrices.


Create a new SPSS file and summarise the data 

In this lesson, you will create SPSS file from scratch and enter records. You will genearate summary statistics, transfer the statistical outputs including graphs into Word or PowerPoint.


You will cover the following topics:  

  • Create an SPSS file, pay particular attention to the data measurement.
  • Enter records into your newly created file.
  • Generate graphs(bar charts, pie charts, histograms, box plots, error bars, box-and-whisker plots), descriptive statistics, and cross-tabulation matrices.
  • Transfer the statistical outputs-descriptive statistics and graphs into Word or PowerPoint.


Data Manipulation Techniques

In this lesson, you will learn how to recode an existing  continuous variable onto a categorical variable, Count occurency of case, set up Multiple Response set and summary groups of variable together, You will compute new variable from existing variables. Use the Select or filter cases if creteria is met. 

You will cover the following topics:  

  • Recode continuous variable to categorical variable with a few sub-group.
  • Compute new variable from existing variables.
  • Select cases if a given criteria is met
  • Split cases to generate separate outputs grouped by the split values.
  • Weight cases for group frequency counts.

Working with Excel datasheets

This lesson will teach you how to clean your Excel data before importing into SPSS for labeling and summary statistics, including graphs. 


You will cover the following topics:  

  • Learn how to clean your Excel data sheet to be imported into SPSS.
  • Import Excel data sheet into SPSS and label the variables and values.
  • Generate summary statistics and graphs.


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