SPSS Data Preparation and Inputting Without Tears: What the mind can conceive, SPSS can analyse
Published: Monday 12th September 2016
Presented by Associate Professor Ken Smith
This short course (two five-hour “hands on” practical sessions) is comprised of lecturettes and practicums, designed for beginner to intermediate SPSS users, in learning how to use SPSS for preparing, inputting, modify, coding, and selecting data gathered by questionnaires, databases, or other forms of data collection instruments. It will be taught in a computer lab through a combination of lecturettes, group discussions, and hands-on practical activities. There is no set text.
Topics to be covered include: the Windows environment as applicable to SPSS; key elements of a SPSS 'job' - defining, entering data and running jobs, preparing data for analysis; raw data files - using both pull down menus and syntax, SPSS files and data from other packages; selecting and modifying data, creating new variables; output files - formats, data analysis procedures. It will also involve some of the file handling features of SPSS, including merging of both cases and variables
This course is not a statistics course, but rather a course that will facilitate the correct procedures and practices to input research data, enabling the utilisation of statistical tools and complex statistical analyses.