pt. 1. Getting started : What is SAS? -- Writing your first SAS program -- pt. 2. DATA step processing : Reading raw data from external files -- Creating permanent SAS data sets -- Creating formats and labels -- Reading and writing data from an Excel spreadsheet -- Performing conditional processing -- Performing iterative processing: looping -- Working with dates -- Subsetting and combining SAS data sets -- Working with numeric functions -- Working with character functions -- Working with arrays -- pt. 3. Presenting and summarizing your data : Displaying your data -- Creating customized reports -- Summarizing your data -- Counting frequencies -- Creating tabular reports -- Introducing the output delivery system -- Generating high-quality graphics -- pt. 4. Advanced topics : Using advanced INPUT techniques -- Using advanced features of user-defined formats and informats -- Restructuring SAS data sets -- Working with multiple observations per subject -- Introducing the SAS macro language -- Introducing the structured query language.