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SPSS Hands-On: Data Analysis for Research and Publication Workshop


This workshop will focus on the various ways SPSS can be used in research. It will discuss the common statistical analyses and the appropriate use of these analyses to answer research questions in survey, experimental and other research designs. Using hands-on activities participants will learn how SPSS can be used to explore data, test for normality and equality of variance and execute basic commands for descriptive analyses. Following this, some inferential data analyses - (parametric tests such as Pearson Product Moment correlation and t-tests) and (non-parametric tests such as Chi-square, Mann-Whitney U-test) will also be discussed. The workshop will also help participants to interpret correctly the SPSS output of these inferential data analyses, tabulate and report the results in the format acceptable for publication in refereed journals and official reports.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 2-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • enter data in SPSS and carry out data screening.
  • employ the right data analyses based on the scale of measurement of the variables.
  • carry out descriptive data analyses and report using the right format (eg. APA) for the journals.
  • carry out the appropriate inferential data analyses.
  • interpret the SPSS output accurately.
  • report the results appropriately for the intended journals and other reports.

Programme Schedule

Day 1: 22 January 2022

10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • Types of data
  • Testing for normality, skewness and kurtosis
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 3.45pm
  • SPSS Commands – Compute, Recode, Select, Split, Binning
  • Descriptive Statistics
3.45pm - 4.00pm Summary and Q & A

Day 2: 23 January 2022

10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Parametric Statistical Analyses
  • Pearson Product-Moment Correlation
  • Comparing groups - t-tests - paired and group
  • Reporting t-test
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 3.45pm
  • Non-parametric Statistical Analyses
  • Chi-square test for association
  • Mann-Whitney U-test of comparison
3.45pm - 4.00pm Summary and Q & A

Brief Biodata of Trainer

Prof. Dr. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan Prof. Dr. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan is an Educational Psychologist and a former professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. He has been training researchers and educators in Malaysia in research methods and the use of SPSS and AMOS in data analysis and model testing for the past 22 years. He also provides consultancy and conducts workshops on Data Analyses, Publications in top / ISI-indexed Journals and Writing Proposals for Grants and completion of Masters and PhD theses. Through workshops, seminars and consultations, he has shared his experiences in all aspects of research including questionnaire designing techniques, SPSS data analysis and publication in ISI/WOS indexed journals and as reviewer for these journals with researchers and academics both in Malaysia, and internationally including Singapore, Thailand and the US. He can be reached at ananda@tarc.edu.my or ananda4989@yahoo.com or mobile: 019-9310956.

How to Join


(i) UM students/graduates*: RM50
(ii) Non-UM: RM100

* priority is given to UM graduates currently looking for work as part of UM's Upskilling Effort

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Last Update: 10/01/2022