Introduction to R

An online short course

This course aims to introduce the statistical software package R, focusing on providing the starting point needed to exploit R’s huge potential for statistical analysis.

Course date 1 March 2021
Course fee £220
Course Organisers Dr Louise Millard

Prerequisites

Please ensure you meet the following prerequisites before booking:

Knowledge The course is intended for anyone with no previous experience of R, but who wants to use R in their day-to-day work for storing, summarising and analysing data. Previous experience with handling data is therefore required. No previous knowledge of R or of statistical analysis will be assumed.
Software You must have RStudio installed on your computer in advance of the course.

Course format

This 1-day course will be online with live sessions including lectures and practicals.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Implement the basic operations of R;
  2. read in data from multiple sources;
  3. understand, manipulate and explore different types of R objects such as vectors, matrices and data frames;
  4. find help about a given command and explore similar commands;
  5. use R script files to organise R commands;
  6. display summary statistics and basic plots; and
  7. download, install and find documentation for additional R libraries.

Who the course is intended for

The course is intended for anyone with no previous experience of R, but who wants to use R in their day-to-day work for storing, summarising and analysing data. Previous experience with handling data is therefore required. No previous knowledge of R or of statistical analysis will be assumed.

Please note: This course is for those with no experience of R. This course will not contain much statistical analysis in R. Some simple routines in R will be used as examples but the key learning objective is to become familiar with R so that you can then explore the huge range of possibilities for analysis using R.

Course outline

This course is an introduction to R for individuals with no previous experience of the language. It is a single day with practicals and demonstrations to give participants hands-on experience of using R. We will cover basic calculations, representation of data in R, using scripts, functions and packages to aid your analyses, and creating some basic plots. The course aims to give users a start in R, show them its potential for statistical analysis, and give them the confidence to explore R further by themselves.

Online Course Bookings


Bookings are open for online courses running in 2021.

The pack provided was detailed and a great guide not only for the course but also for future reference. The tutors were extremely helpful and approachable.

Course feedback, November 2017

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We may need to make responsive changes to our courses at short notice in order to follow the latest Public Health, Government and University guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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