'Data Analysis And Visualization With R' Course



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Do you want to take your data analysis skills to the next level?

The R statistical computing environment has become a standard for scientific data analysis, visualization and reproducible research.

At the HIE, we offer an introductory course to help you climb the steep learning curve.

This five-day course is aimed at postgraduate students and staff, and is for newcomers to R, as well as intermediate users.

The course covers

  • Basics of R (data entry, manipulation, tabulation, special data types)
  • Visualisation (basic and advanced plotting of data)
  • Statistical analyses (basic statistics, linear models)
  • Project management (workflow and organization, principles of reproducible research).

The course will consist of short lectures with ample time for hands-on exercises.

The exercises are set up with different levels: more advanced students can work on more difficult problems.

We assume that you have completed some introductory statistics course at university level, but no previous programming experience is required.


  • WSU HDR students - $100
  • WSU staff - $150
  • External academic (HDR students) - $500
  • External academic (non-HDR) - $750
  • Corporate - $1,500


  • Dr. Remko Duursma
  • Dr. Jeff Powell

Class Resources:

The following resources are available for this course:

Table of contents

Below is a summary of the contents of the course. Subject to change without notice.



Basics of R (Chapter 1 & 2)


Special Data Types (Chapter 3)



Visualizing Data – Part 1 (Chapter 4)


Basic Statistics (Chapter 5)



Summarizing and Tabulating Data (Chapter 6)


Linear Modelling (Chapter 7)



Functions, Lists and Loops (Chapter 8)


Visualizing Data – Part 2 (handout and web resource)



Project Management and Workflow (Chapter 9), Extra Topics


Time to work on own data, or self-study of a variety of additional topics.

Course Costs

WSU HDR students - $100

WSU staff - $150

External academic (HDR students) - $500

External academic (non-HDR) - $750

Corporate - $1,500

Please note: Enrolment Fee includes learning materials and Wi-Fi access. Enrolment Fee excludes meals, accommodation, hotel transfers and travel.

Event Contact

For all inquiries please contact Assoc Prof Jeff Powell on jeff.powell@westernsydney.edu.au.

Event Details


Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Western Sydney University
College Drive
Richmond NSW 2754


11-15 Sept 2017


9.30am - 4.30pm

Accommodation Options:

We recommend these local accommodation options:

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury (opens in a new window) - approx. 10 minutes by car to campus or 20 minutes by train (station is around 10 minutes' walk from hotel)

New Inn Motel (opens in a new window) - approx. 10 minutes' drive or 25 minutes' walk to campus. The University Shuttle Bus routes are nearby - track the shuttle bus locations online. (opens in a new window)

Stay On Campus (opens in a new window) - Short Stays may be available through Western Sydney University Village.

Course Presenters

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