Virginia Commonwealth University


Title: SPSS Level 1 [Online Equivalent]
Media: Web
Category: Research/Searching, Statistics
Course Description:

IBM SPSS Statistics software is used for statistical analysis and reporting. This is an online equivalent of the material covered in the VCU Technology Services SPSS Level 1 Short Course.

Learning Objectives:
  • Navigate the SPSS Windows interface
  • Open and save SPSS data files
  • Run simple analyses and create simple charts
  • Import data in Excel format and in text format into SPSS
  • Add and edit cases using the Data Editor
  • Define variable attributes, such as variable type, variable labels, value labels, and missing values
  • Create a categorical variable from a scale variable
  • Compute new variables based on existing variables
  • Use functions and conditional expressions in computations
  • Create and perform computations with date/time variables

The SPSS Tutorial:

You can study the above topics online via the SPSS Tutorial, which is available within the SPSS software program.

To access the tutorial:

  1. If you need to obtain the SPSS software, please visit obtain SPSS.
  2. Launch the SPSS program.
  3. From the SPSS menus, select Help / Topics. This will launch the SPSS Help sytem in your web browser.
  4. Within the Help system screen, open (click) the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen, then scroll down to the Tutorial item and open it. In the tutorial, proceed through (only) the following sections:
    • Introduction
    • Using the Data Editor
    • Modifying Data Values
    • Reading Data (from text and Excel files)

If you have SPSS installed, the data files used in these tutorial exercises are on your computer, located in the Samples/English folder that is within your SPSS installation folder. For example:

In Windows: C:\Program Files\IBM\SPSS\Statistics\26\Samples\English

On the Mac: /Applications/IBM/SPSS/Statistics/26/Samples/English

Video Tutorials:

A set of SPSS video tutorials is available at LinkedIn Learning, at no cost to VCU students, faculty, and staff. Start at the VCU site below and login with your VCU eID to visit LinkedIn Learning. Then search for "SPSS Essential Training".

Use Requirements: Current VCU student, faculty, or staff.
Sponsor: StatisticalSciences