Biosatistics with SPSS

Faculty of Medicine

Entidade parceira : Universidade Aberta

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Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded




ECTS Credits


General Objectives of the Course
Provide the trainee with an integrated program that articulates the acquisition of fundamental statistical concepts with the execution of procedures in SPSS software, illustrated with real examples. In particular:
• identify statistical methods best tailored to specific problems in the biomedical field;
• autonomously build databases in SPSS;
• select and use the SPSS Descriptive Statistics and Data Visualization commands;
• select and execute in SPSS some of the statistical tests most often used in biomedical data;
• perform a linear regression analysis in SPSS;
• be familiar with the basic principles of Survival Analysis and the use of SPSS in this context;
• interpret and critically analyze the results generated by SPSS;
• organize the results so that they can be properly disseminated to the target audience.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
At the end of the course, trainees should be able to:
- Autonomously build databases in SPSS;
- Select and use the SPSS commands that allow performing Descriptive Statistics analysis and Data visualization;
- Select and execute SPSS Inferential Statistics methods and Survival Analysis (introduction);
- Interpret the outputs generated by SPSS for each of the statistical techniques;
- Choose the appropriate methods for new problems and novel data in the Biomedical area, using SPSS to perform the data treatment.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

Candidates from undergraduate, master's or doctoral courses are preferred as well as other researchers whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum justifies the usefulness of this course to their training or activity. The motivation described in the application form is also relevant.

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

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation No 339/2012 - Regulation of creation and functioning of non-degree courses at the University of Coimbra
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The final assessment is performed in a scale of 0 to 20 and includes two components:
• continuous assessment (CA) of the participation in the course forums during the course activities.
• an Individual Final Work (TFI), of a practical nature.
The final classification (CF) of each trainee will be calculated by the formula CF = 0.3 * AC + 0.7 * TFI.
Course participants who earn a minimum of 10 points are considered to be successful.