Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to SPSS for Sociology Students

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The main pedagogical goal of this credit is the analysis of statistical data. The study-unit involves the display of descriptive statistics, graphical presentations and interpretation of statistical computations. The unit also includes inference through hypothesis testing. The aim of this unit is to teach participants basic statistics and familiarize with the facilities of SPSS.

Basic use of SPSS
- Identifying between quantitative and qualitative variables
- Generating variables in SPSS
- Transforming questionnaire information into SPSS data
- Coding and sorting of data
- Recoding variables
- Transforming quantitative variables to qualitative variables
Graphical presentations using SPSS
- Histograms, bar graphs, pie charts and Area graphs to analyze one variable
- Scatter plots, clustered bar graphs and box plots to analyze two variables simultaneously
Descriptive Statistics
- Frequency tables and percentiles
- Measures of central tendency
- Measures of dispersion
- Measures of symmetry and peakedness
- Analyzing multiple responses
Hypothesis Testing
- Parametric tests
Non-Parametric tests

Reading List

- Freund, J. E. and Simon, G. A.(1995) Statistics – A First Course, Prentice Hall Inc.
- McClave, J. T. and Sincich, T. (2000) A First Course in Statistics- Prentice Hall.
- Sander, D. (1997) Statistics - A First Course – McGraw-Hill.
- SPSS Interactive Graphics 10.0 (1999) by SPSS Inc.
- SPSS Base 10.0 Applications Guide (1999) by SPSS Inc.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This Study-Unit is offered only to Sociology students.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Liberato Camilleri

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