Getting started with SPSS
Getting started with SPSS

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In this course you have been introduced to the software package SPSS and how to enter and manipulate some simple data. You should now have a good understanding of how to open SPSS, define variables, and enter a variety of data into the package.

A simple dataset was provided at the end of some of the third activities so that you can experiment with SPSS at a later date.

If you want to learn about how to carry out more complex analyses in SPSS, visit our Open SPSS resource, and work your way through the intermediate and advanced tutorials: socialsciences/ spsstutorial/ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

This free course is an adapted extract from the course DSE212 Exploring psychology, which is currently out of presentation. If you are interested in this subject and want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in Social sciences.

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