Introduction to R

Macquarie University


21,22 & 24,25 September 2020

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instructors: Richard Miller, Belinda Fabian, Evan Matthews

Helpers: Hume Winzar, Lucie Semenec, Paula Martinez, Sara King, Vince Polito, Jon Mifsud, Ly Tong, Alex Southern, Maria Korochkina, Natalie Wall

General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: 21,22 & 24,25 September 2020. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a device (preferably not a tablet or Chomebook) with a modern browser. Please ensure you have ZOOM videoconference application installed.

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1 - Monday, 21 September 2020

Before Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Introduction to R and RStudio
10:45 Morning break
11:15 Data Structures
13:00 END

Day 2 - Tuesday, 22 September 2020

09:00 Exploring Data Frames
10:45 Morning break
11:15 Publication-Quality Graphics with ggplot2
13:00 END

Day 3 - Thursday, 24 September 2020

09:00 Control Flow
10:45 Morning break
11:15 Functions Explained
13:00 END

Day 4 - Friday, 25 September 2020

09:00 Manipulation with dplyr
10:45 Morning break
11:15 Using with tidyr
13:00 END
After Post-workshop Survey


To participate in the workshop you will need access to a device with a modern browser plus have Zoom installed.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.