Introduction to R and R Studio

R logo with green background


This is an introductory course with a focus on developing skills and a fundamental understanding of R and RStudio. No previous familiarity with R or other coding languages is necessary. 

The first session offers a very basic introduction to R and RStudio, with a focus on active participation in using the software. It focuses on topics such as: 

  • Installing R and RStudio 

  • R Projects and working directories 

  • The RStudio interface 

  • Basic functionality of R, calculations, variables, data types 

  • R packages 


The second session focuses on working with and manipulating data. This covers basic processes like: 

  • Importing data 

  • Renaming, reordering, or changing data 

  • Merging data frames 

  • Exporting data in different formats  

  • Pipes 


The course will ultimately develop a familiarity with the principles and functionalities of R and R Studio, allowing attendees to confidently apply these, or indeed seek out new concepts, for their current and future research. 

Intermediate workshops, such as the Statistical Analysis in R (that will take place later in the semester), would be ideal follow-ups for participants of this course. 

After taking part in this course, you may decide that you need some further help in applying what you have learnt to your research. If so, you can book a Data Surgery meeting with one of our training fellows. 

More details about Data Surgeries. 

To attend this course, you will have to join the associated Microsoft Teams group. The link to join the group will be sent to attendees prior to the course start date, so please make sure to do so in advance. 

If you’re new to this training event format, or to CDCS training events in general, read more on what to expect from CDCS training. Here you will also find details of our cancellation and no-show policy, which applies to this event. 

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