Introduction to R

Introduction to R will introduce attendees to the R software environment, a powerful, popular and free statistical and graphical programming language. Participants will learn about the structure of the R language, how to add functionality through packages, and how to process data and generate tables, figure and reports using R.

Course Outline

During this course you will learn about;

  • The RStudio integrated development environment
  • The format of the R language including, variables, data structure and functions
  • R packages and how to read and understand their documentation
  • Importing and processing data within R
  • The knitR package for writing reports

Recommended Participants

Introduction to R is designed for bench scientists, PhD students and early career postdoctoral researchers who are looking for analysis capabilities beyond those provided by Excel. No prior knowledge of R is required, but familiarity with the command-line interface will be useful. This workshop is only open to medical researchers in NSW or ACT based organisations.

The Trainers

  • Dr Stephen Rudd, QFAB
  • Dr Fabian Held, USYD
  • Westa Domanova. USYD

Workshop Dates

City Location Date Cost
Sydney Charles Perkins Centre, USYD 14 April 2015 $165.00 (including GST)

Draft Program

Time Topic
09:00 Introductions and workshop orientation
The RStudio integrated development environment
Variables, data structure and packages in R
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Installing packages from Bioconductor
Understanding R documentation
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Loading data into R
Generating tables and figures
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Writing functions in R
Producing reports with knitR
17:00 Final wrap-up and close

Registration and Payment

Places are strictly limited to 25 participants due to the practical component of this course. To manage the high demand, all workshop applicants are subject to a selection process and MUST complete the online application form to be considered for a place. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application period is now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than 31st of March 2015.

The workshop fee of $165 (including GST) covers course material, computer access, lunch and refreshments. Payment can be made by cheque, EFT or credit card.


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