SAS Programming 1: Essentials
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 24.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2018
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): SAS Base Programming
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20180904_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is the entry-point to learning SAS programming. Navigate SAS Studio, Enterprise Guide and Windowing environments. Working with different datasets, students will learn how to combine datasets, create SAS variables and data subsets.

Program Context

SAS Base Programming Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is the first course of the program. It will introduce students to Base SAS and its different environments.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
Students will have demonstrated the ability to create SAS programs using basic concepts.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Navigate the SAS Studio programming environment
  2. Navigate the SAS Enterprise Guide programming environment
  3. Navigate the SAS windowing environment
  4. Read various types of data into SAS data sets
  5. Create SAS variables and subset data
  6. Combine SAS data sets
  7. Create and enhance listing and summary reports.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 In-Class Assignments/Quizzes100.0%

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Studies students.
Course Details:


  • overview of SAS Foundation
  • course logistics
  • course data files

SAS Programs

  • introduction to SAS programs
  • submitting a SAS program
  • SAS program syntax

Accessing Data

  • examining SAS data sets
  • accessing SAS libraries

Producing Detail Reports

  • subsetting report data
  • sorting and grouping report data
  • enhancing reports

Formatting Data Values

  • using SAS formats
  • creating user-defined formats

Reading SAS Data Sets

  • reading a SAS data set
  • customizing a SAS data set

Reading Spreadsheet and Database Data

  • reading spreadsheet data
  • reading database data

Reading Raw Data Files

  • introduction to reading raw data files
  • reading standard delimited data
  • reading nonstandard delimited data
  • handling missing data

Manipulating Data

  • using SAS functions
  • conditional processing

Combining Data Sets

  • concatenating data sets
  • merging data sets one-to-one
  • merging data sets one-to-many
  • merging data sets with nonmatches

Creating Summary Reports

  • using the FREQ procedure
  • using the MEANS and UNIVARIATE procedures
  • using the Output Delivery System

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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