Stats Central - Online Short Course: Intro to R, May 4, 6 and 7 2020


Note: The course should be attended remotely, and will be delivered using online collaborative teaching tools, as a mix of live video-assisted lectures and computer-based tutorials, with a chat session and multiple support staff to answer questions.

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 one-day introduction to R 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 access to the course.

Duration: 10.00am to 12.30pm - each day

Location: Online


Online Course Fees (heavily discounted rates with 50% off standard fees)

UNSW Student: $62.50

UNSW Staff: $125

External Student: $225

External: $300

You will receive a certificate of completion for the course.