Basic Statistical Computing

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Basic Statistical Computing unit from Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Swinburne University, will teach you how to use a major statistical software package to analyse data.

The first section of this program introduces you to the software package and the basic elements of its operation. You will understand the syntax used by this program and in turn how data is structured.

The second section of this unit teaches you how to manipulate and work with data. You will learn how to merge data sets, compute new variables, translate data between formats, and how to generate the syntax to apply data management procedures. You will also learn how to identify which descriptive statistical procedures should be applied to certain types of data, and how to use the software package to apply them.

The final section of this unit introduces you to the data visualisation features of the package. You will learn about the variety of graphs available in this program and how any missing values can be imputed.

Eligibility

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

Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University

Accepted to Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University

Accepted to Master of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University You should also ensure that you have not completed a previous or academically equivalent version of this unit. Note: You will be required to have access to a current version of SPSS (at least SPSS Grad Pak).

Areas of study

In this Basic Statistical Computing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to SPSS for Windows
  • SPSS for Windows data definition
  • From questionnaire to data file
  • Data analysis
  • Analysing categorical variables
  • Merging files in SPSS
  • Computing new variables
  • Recoding, selecting data
  • Graphing in SPSS
  • SPSS tables
  • Working between SPSS and files in other formats
  • Dates in SPSS
  • Investigating missing values in SPSS
  • Managing complex data files

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University of Technology

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will introduce you to the key concepts within Basic Statistical Computing. This knowledge will be useful if you are looking to work in an industry which requires an understanding of statistical computing, or are looking to further your knowledge of statistics.

Basic Statistical Computing will instruct you on the use of a major statistical software package and how to use this software to analyse a range of data types. This knowledge is very applicable to any number of careers in which you would be required to use statistical computing regularly, or analyse data.

You will learn about the syntax used to manage data, which procedures to apply to modify and select data, and be able to identify and apply the appropriate descriptive statistical procedures to different types of data. This comprehensive introduction provides the essential information needed to apply this information either within a professional environment or for further study.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Basic Statistical Computing from Swinburne University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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