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Introduction to SPSS

Course GEDU 724 | Every fall semester.

Course GEDU 706 | Applied Educational Statistics

Catalog Description:

General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.

Objectives or Outcomes:

Students will:

  1. know how to enter and clean data, to use the recoding capabilities of SPSS® to prepare data for statistical analyses, and to maintain proper records of data analysis.
  2. know how to analyze variable scores for reliability.
  3. be able to use the visual display capabilities of SPSS®;to examine data prior to data analysis.
  4. be able to apply appropriately the univariate statistical procedures of SPSS®, including cross-tabulation, t test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, regression, and nonparametric procedures.
  5. have gained confidence in their ability to use statistics and apply statistical procedures appropriately.

Course Topics:

The following represents topics to be investigated during this course:

  • Introduction to SPSS®
  • Structure of Data Sets
  • Data Set Preparation
  • Beginning Data Analysis
  • Comparative Research
  • Correlational Research
  • SPSS® Syntax, Reliability
  • Introduction to Multiple Regression and ANCOVA
  • Classification Research

Criteria for Evaluation:

There are seven projects and a take-home final project for this class. Projects 1 and 7 are completed inclass; projects 2 to 6 are started the second half of class and finished at home. Grading criteria for each project are provided with each assignment.

Possible Course Text:

Green, S., & Salkind, N. (2008). Using SPSS® for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Note: A newer edition may be used when SPSS® changes its package to warrant changes in the textbook.