SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software (Updated August 2007)


SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software by Elizabeth Bigham, Human Development Program, California State University, San Marcos

The SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software Module is designed to provide an introductory level, interactive lesson that operates within SPSS in order that students can do the exercises, using the regular version of SPSS, during the lesson. While it is designed for social science students who have successfully completed a lower division introductory statistics course, the Module could be used in a variety of settings, including lower division research methods, upper division applied research, or master's thesis supervision groups. The Module is divided into 8 sections, learning how to set-up a data entry page, working with variables, i.e. combine or move, performing descriptive statistical analysis, and conducting a simple analysis.


Bigham, Elizabeth, 2007. SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software. Unpublished Manuscript.

Table of Contents

Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software [PowerPoint | PDF]

  • Section 1 -- Set-Up Module. Students are instructed on how to set-up their Powerpoint slide show and download a free program to keep Powerpoint on top [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 2 -- Introduction to SPSS. Introduction and Learning Objectives [PowerPoint | PDF]:
    • Set-up a data entry page
    • Work with variables, such as add, move, and recode them
    • Perform descriptive analysis
    • Conduct simple correlations
  • Section 3 -- Set Up a Data Entry Page. Using a hypothetical study and survey, students are guided through setting up variables and coding in Variable View [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 4 -- Enter Data. Students enter and save data [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 5 -- Work with Variables. Students add a variable, move a variable, and recode a variable [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 6 -- Perform Descriptive Statistics. Students genderate descriptive statitistics (frequencies, minimum, maximum, mean, standard deviation, crosstabs) and review each output table [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 7 -- Conduct Simple Correlation. Students conduct a simple correlation, review output, and generate a scatter plot. [PowerPoint | PDF]
  • Section 8 -- Post test. Students print out their work (for the instructor?) and locate statistics on their printouts of their output [PowerPoint | PDF]
Author: Elizabeth Bigham, Ph.D. Campus: California State University San Marcos Department: Human Development Program Revised: August 1, 2007 Permalink: http://www.ssric.org/trd/modules/spss Related File(s):

• Full version [PowerPoint | PDF]