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Introduction to R

Course Title: Introduction to the R software

  • 16 - 17 August 2021 

Please note that the course dates and/or venue may be subject to change. 

Day 1: 9.00am - 5.00pm 
Day 2: 9.00am - 5.00pm 
Online via Zoom
Duration:  2 days
$230.00 for internal applicants ** Fee applies to staff from MCRI, RCH and DOPs only
$560.00 for external full-time students and MACH affiliated clinical fellows
$835.00 for external applicants

Course details

The course aims to introduce the basics of the R software environment including the graphing capabilities of R using the graphics package within the RStudio environment.

A demonstration of other graphing packages (e.g., ggplot2) will also be provided briefly.   

The following topics are included in this course:

  •  Importing tab or comma-delimited data into R
  •  Importing Excel, Stata and SPSS data into R
  •  Inspecting and listing the data in an R object 
  •  Changing data and creating new variables
  •  Generating simple descriptive statistics for data
  •  Creating and customising various graphs including scatterplots, histograms, boxplots, barplots and graphs of estimates with confidence intervals
  •  Using a script file to run a sequence of R commands
  •  Installing R packages and updating R  
  •  Using the R Help system

The course is designed for beginning researchers but it assumes familiarity with computer file management within Microsoft Windows.  For example, how to recognise different file types by their extensions and how to move files between directories.   Please note: although R is available for other platforms such as Macintosh, the course will be windows-based.

Materials supplied: 

  • Full set of course notes will be made available in electonic format

Participants may supply own laptops (internal participants only): Please see below for conditions. 

Installation of R and RStudio is free. Contact for instructions on how to install the required software on your laptop no later than 7 days before the course start date.
PLEASE NOTE: If you elect to bring your laptop and arrive without it, you will not be guaranteed use of a PC for the course and therefore may have to undertake the course as an observer only.


Payment and registration
Please note:
in general this is a two-step process, you must arrange payment & then register on Trybooking

Payment via eProcurement (for internal MCRI staff only):

1)    Payment must be made via eProcurement. Staff must not make credit card payment and seek reimbursement from an MCRI cost centre as this is not permitted.
Access eProcurement here or from the MCRI intranet homepage. Log in and click on CEBU courses and add to the shopping cart the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in. Proceed to checkout and submit the requisition. Once your Cost Centre manager approves it, CEBU will email you with the promotional code to register for the course.
 2)    Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 1 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by invoice (for RCH employees and approved external organisations):

1) Email, providing full details of your name, organisation name and the name and email address of the person responsible for payment.  Include the course name and date (many of our courses are run multiple times) and the cost of the course.
2) CEBU will issue the invoice and then provide you with a code so you can register for the course on the Trybooking site.
3) Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 2 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by credit card: Proceed directly to Trybooking and follow the prompts to make payment.and register. Please note there is a Trybooking fee of 50 cents per registration which will be applied when you register online.

Register for Introduction to R HERE.

Cancellation of registration: You can apply for a refund or request to change the course session to a different date, pending availability, within 7 calendar days prior to the course start date. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations or non-attendance after this time. 

Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
T: 9345 6368 (Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins)