Stata 1: Introduction to Stata: Managing Your Data

Course overview

This course covers the most commonly used Stata commands. Participants will learn techniques for organising their work efficiently and reproducibly in Stata. Participants will be shown how to create a do-file of Stata commands, import data into Stata, clean data, change data and create new variables, combine data files, save data, produce basic descriptive statistics, create simple graphs, and use Stata's extensive online help. 

Most sessions will be run online, with one session dedicated to teaching in a classroom setting, COVID rules permitting.

We also offer a course on Stata 2: Reproducible Data Analysis in Stata.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for beginning researchers but it assumes familiarity with computer file management, e.g. how to recognise different file types by their extensions and how to move files between directories. The course is Windows-based, but participants using other platforms, such as Apple, should be able to follow the material presented.  

Stata software

A week prior to the course all students will be provided with a temporary licence to allow them to install and run Stata on their home computers. Murdoch Children's Research Institute has a site license for the use of the Stata 17/SE software package.  This can be freely installed on both Murdoch Children's and personal computers for Murdoch Children's staff and affiliates including students and is only to be used for Murdoch Children's related work. See our Installation instructions (internal link only) for more details. 

Course outcomes

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Create and run do-files containing Stata commands
  • Import data from Excel and other data sources into Stata 
  • Understand the basics of data cleaning
  • Inspect and list the data in a Stata dataset
  • Change data and create new variables
  • Merge and append Stata data files, save data
  • Reshape data sets from "long" to "wide" form and vice versa
  • Generate simple descriptive statistics for data
  • Create simple graphs and save them in a useable format
  • Access Stata Help

University of Melbourne
This course is delivered by Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU), a working partnership between Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne.

Course dates for 2023

This course is offered online and in the classroom. See below for online and classroom details.

  • Online: 15-16 March 2023* 
  • Online: 14-15 June 2023*
  • Online: 22-23 August 2023*
  • Classroom: 05-06 October 2023
  • Online: 29-30 November 2023*

Important: *Course registrations close two weeks prior to the course date.

Online course

Course details

  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (Days 1 and  2)
  • Venue: Online via Teams (please provide work or student email in your registration).

Course format

  • The course runs on 2 scheduled days.
  • The day before the course, the course notes and required files (Stata files and Excel files) will be made available for students to download.
  • Our course instructors have recorded a series of short videos between 5-10 minutes which support you in systematically working through the course notes. These are available on Teams for the duration of the course.
  • One-on-one video chats on the two working days following the course via request.
  • The course begins with a brief introduction by one of our course instructors via Teams. You can then work through the course notes and view the instructional videos at your own pace.

Students will be provided with:  

  • Comprehensive course notes, including answers to all exercises and files required for course exercises.
  • Training videos that work systematically through the material in the course notes (available for the week of the course).
  • Quick access to tutors for the 2 days of the course.
  • One-on-one video chats on the two working days following the course via request.

Course notes, answers and files can be downloaded from Teams up to two working days after the course has ended.

Online course fees

  • $275 for internal applicants - Melbourne Children’s campus staff (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and The University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics)
  • $650 for external full-time students and Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH-affiliated) clinical fellows (please enter institution name)
  • $950 for external applicants with no appointment on Melbourne Children’s campus 

Classroom course

To attend this course you will need to adhere to the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) visitor guidelines. Please check them at least one week prior to attending the course to ensure you are able to comply.

Course details

  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (Days 1 and  2)
  • Venue: Classroom session at the HELP Precinct Computer Lab Room 1.046A and 1.046B, Level 1, Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria, 3052.

Course format

  • The course runs on 2 scheduled days.
  • The day before the course, the course notes and required files (Stata files and Excel files) will be made available for students to download.

Students will be provided with:  

  • Comprehensive course notes, including answers to all exercises and files required for course exercises.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.

Classroom course fees

  • $385 for internal applicants - Melbourne Children’s campus staff (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and The University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics)
  • $760 for external full-time students and Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH-affiliated) clinical fellows (please enter institution name)
  • $1,100 for external applicants with no appointment on Melbourne Children’s campus 

Payment and registration

Payment by credit card (not available to Murdoch Children's Research Institute staff)

You or your organisation can register and pay for the course directly via the Trybooking link below with a credit card. Follow the prompts to make payment and register. You will receive a course confirmation and tax invoice via email.  Please note: There is a Trybooking fee of 50 cents per registration which will be applied when you register online.

Trybooking - Register for Stata I

Payment via Unimarket (Murdoch Children's Research Institute staff only)

Payment must be made via Unimarket. Murdoch Children's staff must not make credit card payments and seek reimbursement from a Murdoch Children's cost centre (this is not permitted).

  • Go to Unimarket (also can be accessed from the Murdoch Children's intranet homepage for internal staff).
  • Log in and search for CEBU as a supplier.
  • Select CEBU courses and add the required course to the shopping cart for the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in.
  • The GL account for training is 34460. Instructions on using Unimarket are on the intranet (internal staff only).
  • Once your Cost Centre manager approves it, CEBU will email you with the Trybooking link and promotional code to register for the course.

Please note: Your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Cancellation of registration

You can apply for a refund or request to change the course session to a different date pending availability if it is received seven (7) calendar days prior to the course start date. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations or non-attendance after this time.   

Contact us

Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia

Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins
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See our full course timetable below for information on all CEBU courses.

CEBU course timetable