'Data Analysis And Visualization With R' Course


Next course will be held from 11th to 15th September 2017.

Reserve Your Place Today

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.

Next course will be held from 11th to 15th September 2017. Register Today!

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 or Dr Remko Duursma on R.Duursma@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.

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