Data Management with SPSS
- Wednesday 29 November 2017, Registration 09:45, start at 10:00 to 16:30
- Department of Sociology, Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, GUILDFORD, GU2 7XH.
- Open to:
- Staff, Students, Public
- Jane Fielding
- Admission price:
- Varies according to status
- Admission information:
- To book, and pay for a place using a credit/debit card, please use the on-line Store link.
- Tea and coffee is available during breaks but lunch is NOT provided.
This course introduces participants to the powerful statistical package, IBM SPSS, and its use for data management and simple descriptive statistics. SPSS is a statistical package widely used in education, government, commerce, business and health sectors. This introductory course does not assume any prior knowledge of SPSS or even statistics and is designed for students, researchers, people working in social research settings or anyone who needs to work with quantitative data or be able to understand simple SPSS output.
This course is an entirely hands-on, computer-based course taught through practical exercises. Each participant has access to their own PC and is guided through the exercises by the course tutor.
· Introduction to SPSS and its use for secondary data analysis of a large government survey, eg. the British
Social Attitude Survey
· Creating your own SPSS data file using the data editor
· Exploring relationships between two variables using the Crosstabulation command
· Changing the coding scheme of variables using the Recode command
· Simple introduction to SPSS syntax commands
· How to create frequency tables and produce simple summary statistics
· How to enter data and how to add variable and value labels and flag missing values
· How to explore the relationship between two variables using tables and appropriate statistics
· How to create new variables, and transform the values of existing variables.
· How to use simple SPSS syntax
Jane Fielding has been delivering short courses in SPSS at the University of Surrey since 1982. She teaches
modules on social statistics at both the Masters and Undergraduate levels and has co-written (with Nigel Gilbert)
an introductory statistics text book Understanding Social Statistics (Sage Publications, 2006). She is the
Programme Director of the Masters in Social Research Methods, which, as the first master’s course of its kind in
the UK, which will celebrate its 43rd student intake in September 2017.
☐ Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
☐ Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
☒ Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)