The BASE SAS video series begins with the assumption that the student viewer has no background in SAS programming and in fact very limited to no prior exposure to any kind of programming at all. Base SAS video series comprises of 9 video lectures (Average of hour and a half each), plus additional videos covering Advanced topics like PROC SQL and SAS Macros.

Day 1 topics as below —

- Intro to Libraries, Data step and Proc step in SAS
- Data step example:
- Creating a sample dataset using Datalines / Cards statement
- Understanding data types in SAS
- Informat and Format
- Label

- Proc step example: Overview
- Proc Contents – to know the dataset structure, with list of variables and number of observations
- Varnum option – to list the variables of a dataset in creation order (otherwise the list is in alphabetic order)

- Proc Print – to view the data in a dataset.
- Label option and Var statement

- Proc Means – to extract basic statistics of a numerical variables in a dataset like N, Mean, Standard Deviation, Minimum and Maximum (default)

- Proc Contents – to know the dataset structure, with list of variables and number of observations