Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. Audience: Postgraduate research students and Research-only staff (ECRs) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (M&HS) only.
Process: Lectures and Computer-based practical workshop.
Become familiar with R programming environment and basic functions of R
Know how to deal with different types of data
Know how to use R to do basic descriptive analysis and graphical presentations
Know how to perform basic statistical tests and interpret the results
R is a free, popular language and environment that allows powerful and fast manipulation of data, offering many statistical and graphical options. This course is recommended for those who want to learn the basics of R programming. It aims to introduce R as a tool for statistics and graphics, with the main aim being to become comfortable with the R environment. It will focus on entering and manipulating data in R and producing graphs. Basic statistics will be briefly introduced, important and useful statistical functions will be covered in detail. Lecture will be interactive with a focus on learning by example. No prior programming experience is needed.
This course includes the following topics:
Introduction to the R platform and interface
Dealing with various data objects such as vector, matrix and data frame
Statistics in R
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.
Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.
It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.
Pre-RequisitesPre-requisites: Good working knowledge of basic statistics and computing is highly desirable, but no prior programming experience is needed.