It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

# Introduction to SPSS: Home

Introduction to SPSS

## Introduction

Welcome to the Introduction to SPSS module. This module provides an introduction to using the statistical software SPSS, which is installed on most computers at Curtin's Australian campuses. The module covers the key ways you can use the software to analyse quantitative data, and uses two small data sets as examples. The idea is that you can then apply these same concepts to any data of your own, regardless of your discipline or the amount of data you have.

Note that if you are not familiar with some or all of the statistical concepts mentioned in this module, you may find it useful to work through the Introduction to statistics module first.

What you will learn

• How to set up variables and enter data in SPSS (skip to Setting up a data file)
• How to use SPSS to calculate simple descriptive statistics (skip to Descriptive statistics)
• How to use SPSS to create simple charts (skip to Creating charts)
• How to work with subsets of data and how to transform data (skip to Subsets and transformations)
• How to use SPSS to test whether continuous variables are normally distributed
• How to obtain and interpret confidence intervals in SPSS
• How to conduct t-tests and one-way ANOVA in SPSS
• How to test for relationships between pairs of continuous and categorical variables using Pearson's correlation and the Chi square test (respectively) in SPSS
• How to work with multiple response data
• How to use the SPSS syntax to write commands and automate processes

## Inferential statistics

This part of the module looks at how to conduct some common inferential statistical tests in SPSS. The information is provided in a document, which covers testing for normality, confidence intervals, t tests, one-way ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficient and the Chi-square test. Examples make use of the Health_Data.sav file, which you can download from the link below.

## Extra tips and tricks

This part of the module covers a few extra tips and tricks you may find helpful when analysing data in SPSS. The information is provided in a document, which covers data transformations, working with multiple response data and the use of syntax. Examples make use of the Health_Data.sav file, which you can download from the link below.