Finally, let me add that nearly all of our BSF assignments involve working in the SPSS environment, generating various (descriptive and inferential) statistical outcomes, including tables and charts and then exporting this output into a Microsoft WORD document. Once in WORD, you will review and assess the statistical output in relation to your hypotheses and overall research objectives of the given BSF assignment. Your knowledge and skill levels will increase as BSF assignments become more complex over time. Once you have finalized your BSF and are ready to submit it, there's still one last step: convert your work into a .pdf file.
This is an industry standard procedure that preserves the report's structure, margins and graphics (tables, charts, etc.) exactly how you planned across all OS platforms. This cannot be guaranteed if you send a WORD document to your audience. Although, with the exception of the final exam/BSF, I do not have you submit a report via email (BSF numbers 1-5 are to be handed in as hard copies), I do offer the option to submit your work via email for me to review up to two days before the assignment is due. Enter the role of .pdf files, as I do not accept any attachments other than .pdfs. To convert a WORD document to .pdf, be sure you have the necessary .pdf conversion file installed in WORD 2007 or 2010. If that's not working out for you, click HERE to go to the DOC2PDF website. Scroll to the bottom of that webpage and follow their simple instructions. The site generates a .pdf file (to save to your computer) for each WORD file you submit.
On the completion of this course, you should be able to add several research reports (BSFs) to your portfolio for potential employers to review. The goal is to add value to your existing set of skills obtained through the Business Management program – in this case, it’s competence in SPSS (a powerful database manager, statistical package and graphics/report generator) and the confidence to inform your prospective employer that you know how to use it wisely in ways that can benefit his or her company. You’ll have the evidence to back up your claim!
Have a great semester!