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DSD: Getting Started with SPSS (Campus-based)
Course Description:

SPSS is a well-established statistical and data analysis package available on various computer systems at UCL. SPSS has a wide range of procedures for data manipulation and for statistical analysis.

This course provides an introduction for new users of SPSS. This is a blended learning course. Before each remote classroom session, students will be asked to complete a small amount of out-of-class learning.

This course consists of two, two-hour face-to-face classroom sessions on our Bloomsbury campus.

"Teaching me the software functions and processes provided me with essential data processing skills. As a result, my dissertation was highly commented by my supervisor and the second marker. Thank you very much!" (Postgraduate student in Education and Technology)


You should have a good understanding of statistical concepts. No prior experience with SPSS is required, but experience using a spreadsheet application such as Excel would be an advantage.


Once you have enrolled, please check that you have received a confirmation email from MyLearning. You will also receive an email with location details at least one day before the session.

Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to the start of the course to allow time for logging in and downloading resources.


At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • verify and amend variable definitions;
  • perform simple data management and transformation tasks;
  • create simple graphs and tables;
  • perform simple statistical tests and create simple models.
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at those with a good understanding of statistical concepts who wish to learn to use SPSS to analyse their data.
Target Audience: All
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