SPSS Professional Certification
SPSS Professional Certification is a self-paced online refresher course in using SPSS in intermediate level statistical applications such as descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and Multiple Regression within the social sciences. This interactive online course is designed for individuals who are seeking documentation of SPSS proficiency for their professional resumes.
Participants will have up to four weeks to complete the course that is approximately eight hours of online content and proficiency assessments. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a personal certificate from PASW, the newly formed IBM-based company that distributes SPSS.
What is SPSS?
SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) Statistics is the foremost software suite used by government, commercial, and academic institutions to solve research problems. Academia worldwide has made SPSS their statistical software choice and serves as the primary technology component of SPSS Predictive Analytics. More than 250,000 public sector, commercial, and academic customers rely on SPSS technology to help increase revenue, reduce costs, and detect and prevent fraud.
SPSS and Higher Education
SPSS has been assisting college and university faculty and administrators of over 40 years. SPSS software is used at thousands of colleges and universities around the world in a wide variety of subject areas. SOSS assists faculty and administrators in several key areas:
- Teaching, Research, and Learning
- Optimizing the Student Lifecycle
- SPSS data collection and statistics software is used by academic institutions to provide a quantitative foundation for rapidly identifying, objectively evaluating, and confidently pursuing new opportunities
In addition to college and university faculty and administration, knowledge of SPSS Statistics software can be a considerable asset to graduate students during the thesis and dissertation process, preparing them for use as professionals.
SPSS Statistics software is what students-turned-professionals use to drive the widespread use of data in decision making.
The SPSS University Certificate Program was created specifically to help higher education institutions give students an edge in today's increasingly competitive employment markets and graduate school admissions.
The Certificate Program adds value to statistics, mathematics, psychology, business, sociology or criminal course with proficiency in SOSS statistics software.
With that in mind, SPSS has outlined a body of statistical knowledge that provides students with the level of understanding that will be a considerable asset for the graduates entering into employment opportunities where statistical analyses are required.
An SPSS certificate verifying a student's proficiency serves to differentiate graduates from others and increase the desirability of graduates to recruiters when vying for positions in today's job market.
The statistical knowledge provided by an SPSS Certificate Program also helps ensure graduates are better prepared for successful careers as analysts proficient in SPSS statistical software.
This certificate will be offered to anyone who uses SPSS Certificate software.
Statistics Certificate Requirements
The knowledge created by the UWF SPSS Certificate program will support existing required and/or elective courses. The UWF SPSS Certificate Program will cover the following statistical topics with eight separate tutorial sessions:
- T-tests: Independent and dependent with assorted variations
- Analysis of variance: Including multiple analysis of variance and covariance
- Regression and correlation: Including both linear and multivariate situations
- Graphical displays, statistical outputs, and reporting of results of standard statistical analysis procedures
- Hypothesis tests: Determine null and alternative hypotheses and research questions
The UWF SPSS Certificate Program will be available in the form of an online tutorial. The tutorial will be assessed online through the University of West Florida Continuing Education program. The tutorial is divided into eight topics, each standardized to follow the same format for familiarity and consistency, each covering a specific statistical test. The standard format of individual topics within each tutorial will include:
- The definition of the statistic
- The practical use of the statistic: Situations that would require a researcher to use the particular statistic
- The variables: Definitions of the independent, dependent, and other variables with each statistic
- Research question: Defined and examples
- Research hypotheses: Defined and examples
- SPSS input: define how data may be placed into the SPSS database
- SPSS application: A step-by-step description of operating each statistic in SPSS
- Results of the statistic in SPSS: Reading output
- Phrasing of the results: significant and not significant