# SPSS

SPSS (produced by IBM) is a statistical package designed to present and analyse quantitative data. You'll find plenty of SPSS resources from the drop-downs below.

## SPSS self-paced courses

### SPSS Part 1 - Introductory

For staff and students who have little or no experience of SPSS. Pre-requisites: None.

Covers:

• conceptual overview,
• hands-on experience of creating a data file from your data,
• setting up variables,
• generating new variables,
• producing tables and charts (descriptive statistics).

### SPSS Part 2 - Exploring your Data and initial statistical analysis

Suggested pre-requisites: Having taken SPSS Part 1 - Introductory and / or basic familiarity with SPSS.

Covers:

• descriptive statistics: creating tables and charts, customising tables and charts to your requirements,
• conveying a clear data narrative to your audience.

Analyse data in different ways to reveal patterns that can help answer your research questions, including correlation and tests of nominal variable association.

### SPSS Part 3 - Statistical Analysis

Suggested pre-requisites: Having taken SPSS Part 1 - Introductory and / or basic familiarity with SPSS.

Covers essential concepts underlying inferential statistics and performing analyses to answer research questions. Hands-on sample case studies showing how inferential statistics can answer research questions.

Explains: What is the null hypothesis? What is statistical significance? What are confidence intervals? What is a Normal Distribution and why is it so important in doing inferential statistics? Why do statistical tests require that certain assumptions be met, and what are they? Should I use a parametric or non-parametric test? Apply this knowledge in your research project and demonstrate to examiners or assessors that you understand how to do statistical analysis.

### SPSS Part 4 - Surveys and survey analysis

Suggested pre-requisites: Having taken SPSS Part 1 - Introductory and / or basic familiarity with SPSS.

Covers:

• how to set up your SPSS data file to hold your survey data
• following good practice in survey design, including question types,
• preference (or Likert) scales,
• multiple response questions,
• scale and reliability testing,
• chi-square tests for nominal data.

## Resources

### Self-paced SPSS course notes available in Moodle

Follow self-paced course notes helping you to learn to use SPSS in a step-by-step manner. These self-paced course notes and accompanying files are available to download from within Moodle.

Access the SPSS course notes in Moodle (you may be prompted to log in and you will need to self-enrol).

Alternatively, log into Moodle and search for a course 'SPSS'. There will be only one course returned. You need to click the Self-Enrolbutton to get access to the course material. You can then download a zipped copy of SPSS Parts 1,2,3,4 self-paced course documents together with their accompanying sample data files and other files. Step-by-step instructions are in the PDF filelocated in the parent folder of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. You can follow the course in your own time and at your own pace.

Videos on SPSS selected by Alex Friend.

This video selection covers a wide range of topics on using SPSS for descriptive and inferential statistics. The videos are selected for their ability to explain the topic in question and where sound and visual quality are generally good.

### One-to-One support

Project-specific support is available to students and staff who have looked at SPSS Part 1 and / or have a basic familiarity with SPSS . Please email Alex Friend if you are interested.

### Install on your own laptop

Oxford Brookes has a site license for SPSS statistical analysis software and it can be installed without charge on personal devices as well as Brookes office PCs. Contact the Service Desk for installation on Brookes office PCs. For personal PCs and laptops go to the SPSS page in the online IT Service Desk to order your installation and receive a licence code. You'll need to log in with your Brookes credentials.

You can also go to the IT Service Desk on your campus, or phone 01865 483311 for more information.