Basic Statistical Computing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,472.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,722.00

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To develop competence in the use of personal computers and a statistical packages such as SPSS commonly used in the social, health and/or sports sciences and to acquire a level of statistical computer literacy necessary for data analysis in these disciplines

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with Windows environment
  2. Generate appropriate outputs using a mainstream data analysis package (SPSS for Windows) in a range of contexts
  3. Create a file which can be used to analyse survey data provided either in electronic or hard copy format
  4. Identify and apply the appropriate descriptive statistical procedures to apply to different types of data
  5. Choose and apply the appropriate procedures for modifying and selecting data
  6. Generate syntax to apply data management and analysis procedures appropriately. Manage complex file structures, merging data files as appropriate
  7. Translate data into appropriate tabular formats
  8. Choose and apply appropriate date formats
  9. Investigate missing values and provide appropriate imputations for these values
  10. Create a variety of graphs including control charts.
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes (10%)
  • Test — Online Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS772 — Basic Statistical Computing
  • Additional materials
  • Other special requirement — You will require access to a recent version of SPSS - at least the SPSS Grad Pak.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to SPSS for Windows
2SPSS for Windows data definition
3From questionnaire to data file
4An introduction to SPSS syntax
5Data analysis
6Analysing categorical variables
7Merging files in SPSS
8Computing new variables
9Recoding, selecting data
10Graphing in SPSS
11SPSS tables
12Working between SPSS and files in other formats
13Dates in SPSS
14Investigating missing values in SPSS
15Managing complex data files

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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