Introduction to SPSS (standalone online learning course)

Title:Introduction to SPSS (standalone online learning course)

Duration:1 day
Training Units2.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School


Target audience


Early stage postgraduate research students [especially off-campus]
Early career researchers


This course is designed for researchers who would like to learn the basic skills necessary to analyse data using the statistical analysis software package SPSS.




To study this course you must have access to the internet. You should have attended an introductory course on quantitative research methods, such as 'Introduction to quantitative research', or have equivalent experience.

This is a standalone (self-study) online course. This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle and is self-study. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year. If you would like to gain Graduate School training point/s for this course you must complete the short assessment tasks associated with it. Completion of the assessment is optional for students based at our UK and Malaysia Campus'. Students based at our Ningbo China Campus are not required to complete the assessment.

Please note: These course tasks will be checked by a tutor who is also an experienced statistician. If the tutor feels that you need further guidance you will be contacted via email with advice.

Researchers across all 3 campuses can self-enrol on this course in Moodle by following this link:


Introduction to SPSS is an online course designed to teach you the basics of IBM® SPSS® Statistics. It consists of a series of tutorials covering subjects including coding variables, performing data transformations and generating descriptive statistics and graphs. Later tutorials explain how to perform specific statistical tests.

The course does not cover the analysis of individual's experimental data or discussion of their experimental design.


To introduce researchers to the use of SPSS in quantitative data analysis


By the end of this course you will have:

- Become familiar with the layout and functions of SPSS
- Learnt how to perform basic tasks such as entering data and coding variables as well as generating graphs and descriptive statistics
- Practised these tasks using a test dataset
- Learnt how to perform some statistical tests


Related courses

- Introduction to Quantitative Research

- Statistical Test Advisor (an online tool)

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