Applied statistics with SPSS

Department of Mathematics

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Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded




ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Cristina Martins Rosa (cristina@mat.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
It is well recognized nowadays the importance of Statistics as an indispensable tool for obtaining and spreading information. Obviously, its importance has been enhanced by the use of computational resources and particularly the software SPSS, that showed, during the last decades, to be an effective tool for treating and analyzing statistical data.
In this context and in order to meet several requests that have been addressed by researchers and qualified professionals from various sectors, the Department of Mathematics of FCTUC offers regularly, since 2008, training courses on Applied Statistics, supported by SPSS. Thus, the present proposal is part of the set of activities already carried out by this institution in the field of training and aims to update and complement the knowledge of potential students in this area, preparing them to perform current statistical analysis.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Understanding the fundamental principles underlying descriptive and inferential statistical reasoning; ability to perform current statistical analysis, selecting the most appropriate techniques and methods for collecting and processing statistical data; ability to use SPSS procedures in handling data files and performing statistical analysis, and to interpret the outputs provided by the program; acquiring sensitivity and critical thinking towards arguments and conclusions based on statistical studies.
Mode of Study
Face to face
Access to Further Studies
Admission Requirements

The course can be attended by researchers, teachers and students of higher education in any field of knowledge and qualified professionals. The admission of candidates with other background may be accepted upon curricular analysis.
The necessary documents for applying are the registration form and the presentation of the Curriculum Vitae.
Students will be selected according to their registration number and curricular analysis.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation n.º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC).
Professional Goals
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Evaluation comprises two components: a practical written examination at the end of the course (50% of the final grade); a computational project (50% of the final grade) done individually or by a team of 2 students and developed during the course; this project includes a written report and its discussion with the teacher.
The final score of each student will be expressed in an integer scale from 0 to 20. A minimum final score of 10 is required for approval.
Graduation Requirements

The qualification requirements for this course are, besides those stated on subparagraph 17, attendance on at least 2/3 of the total number of lessons. Students’ attendance will be verified using a registration sheet for each training session (i.e. a teaching block composed of 2.5 hours of lessons, according to the timetable available for each class). Each registration sheet should contain the date, place of class, professor, module and the training session to be attended, as well as the name and signature of admitted students.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018