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DSD: Getting Started with SPSS
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 remote classroom sessions.

"Teaching me the software functions and process 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.


Please ensure you complete any necessary pre-learning (found in our Moodle course) before starting the live element of the training.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email containing the direct joining link at least a day before the session.

We would encourage those who are new to Microsoft Teams to join within the first 15 minutes of the advertised start time in order to test out their connection/audio. The actual session will start on the hour.

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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