Stats Central - Online Short Course: Intro to R, August 10-11 & 17-18, 2021


August 10-11 (course 1) and 17-18 (course 2)

Course Overview

R is widely used and extremely powerful statistical software. This course assumes that you have never used R before. You will learn how to obtain and install R, which is open-source software, and RStudio, which is a versatile, user-friendly interface for using R. It is very useful to do this course before our introductory statistics course, Introductory Statistics for Researchers.

This course will be held over two half-days and will cover some basic features of R and lay the groundwork for you to improve your R skills independently. The course is self-paced and focused on developing practical skills.

Course Outline

This course will cover topics including:


  • Basics of interacting with R – calculations, saving variables so you can reuse them, data types and structures, organising R code in scripts
  • Tidyverse – a basic introduction to tidy R code
  • Data – reading in and organising data (from spreadsheets) with dplyr
  • Plotting – make beautiful figures with ggplot

Course Requirement: You will need a computer with administrator access (to install R and RStudio software before attending the course).


*This is a popular course so we are running the course twice. Tickets are limited.*

Please choose ONE course ONLY and attend the course that you are enrolled.

Course 1: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 August, 9.30am -1.00pm each day


Course 2: Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 August, 9.30am -1.00pm each day


Location: Online

You will receive a certificate of completion for the course.