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TILTY1 Basics of Statistics and SPSS 5 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Lecturer of Statistics
Course is available for:
  • Minor subject students

General description

The course consists of the following parts:
TILTY1A Basics of Statistics (Tilastotieteen perusteet), 3 ECTS
TILTY1B Basics of SPSS (SPSS:n perusteet), 2 ECTS

Learning outcomes

A student who has completed this course knows the basic concepts of statistics, understands the difference between the compilation of statistics and a sampling inspection, and knows the basics of the SPSS software. The student will comprehend the basic logic of statistical thinking and understand its meaning in empirical social research. The course offers an essential basis for learning quantitative research methods and enables the student to apply the basic methods of statistics. The course functions as an introduction to the discipline’s own courses on quantitative methods.


Topics to be covered:
- statistical unit, variable, data matrix
- multiresponse variables
- the scales of a variable
- data recording and correcting recording errors
- the documentation of content and definition of missing data
- variate transformations
- simple and multiple distributions
- mean, standard deviation and dependence
- graphical presentation of results
- statistical testing of results
- determining the size of a sample

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h
Tutorials 14 h 0 h

Also individual tuition (SPSS tutoring) during the following period.

Teaching language


Modes of study

a) lectures, group work, mid term exams and an assignment, or
b) written examination (see study materials) on the School examination day and an assignment.



Recommended year of study

According to the recommendation of the student’s major subject on the 2nd or 4th period.

Study materials

  1. Heikkilä, T., Tilastollinen tutkimus, luvut 1-11, 5. uudistettu painos. Edita 2004.
  2. Manninen, P., Johdatus tilastolliseen data-analyysiin. Tampereen yliopisto 2004. (tilasto-osuus)
  3. Paaso, E., SPSS-peruskurssin moniste. Yhteiskuntatieteellinen tietoarkisto FSD 2004. (harjoitustyö)
  4. Kuusela, V., Tilastografiikan perusteet. Edita 2000. (oheislukemisto)

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Management
General Method Studies (Other Studies)
School of Management
School of Management
School of Management
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Information Sciences