Statistics for Research Workers (SPSS)

6 days: 15 - 22 November 2017

experiment in a lab

This very popular course gives a basic understanding of statistical ideas and methods involved in carrying out research. Statistical topics covered will include estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and inference based on the normal distribution. This is a six day course, and the timetable is deliberately arranged so that there is a weekend break during the course.

The course covers:

Course structure:

The six days are deliberately arranged so that there is a weekend break during the course. Each day will consist of four approximately equal-length sessions; the first session of the day will commence at 9:15 a.m. and the final session will end at approximately 4:45 p.m. The sessions will mix lecture presentations with practical work using software; tutorial help will be liberally available. A full set of notes will be provided. Morning and afternoon teas are included; lunches are not included. A certificate on completion can be provided on request.


There are no formal prerequisites though it is expected that most participants will have studied mathematics at VCE level, or equivalent. Participants need to be comfortable with a limited amount of mathematical notation. The onus is on participants to check that the course suits their needs. Please do this carefully.

Course presenters:

Professor Ian Gordon, the Director of the Statistical Consulting Centre and Dr Sue Finch, who have given many similar courses previously.


Wilson computer lab

The course will be held in the Wilson Computer Laboratory in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Richard Berry Building.

Parking within the University grounds will not be available.

Trams are conveniently located on Swanston Street,
the centre encourages sustainable forms of transport.

Public transport timetable


Enrolment package:

Application form DAE

Enrol using credit card:

Apply by credit card


Other payments require an application form:

Apply by other payment method

Please send completed enrolment forms to:
Statistical Consulting Centre
Richard Berry Building
The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

Email: dmai@ fax: 8344 7499.

If you have difficulties downloading the form or any questions related to the course,

Submit an enquiry form

or contact Deb Maillardet on 8344 6995.

Reading to consider:

There are no set textbooks for SRW. The set of notes developed by the Statistical Consulting Centre is used. Sometimes participants ask us for additional references. Here are some suggestions.

There are many introductory statistics text books. It is a good idea to go to a University library or local library and browse these; you are likely to find one that suits your needs and tastes in textbooks.

The following are some you might consider:

SPSS starter kit (UCLA):

Go to UCLA SPSS site

If you would like to register your expression of interest in SRW using SPSS , please complete and submit the following:

Expression of interest