Introduction to R

In this course, you will master the basics of R, a computer language and environment for statistics and graphics. The course focuses on getting familiar with the R environment by means of RStudio, to use R for manipulation and exploration of data. Basic programming as well as visualization in R are also part of this course.

Target group/prerequisites

This 2-day course is meant for people who have no experience with R and no specific knowledge is required.

Course design

The course consists of demonstrations and computer practicals.

Program topics

Day 1:

  • Introduction to R and RStudio;
  • Getting started;
  • Data types and structures: from vectors to data frames;
  • Reading and writing files;
  • Data manipulation in R.

Day 2:

  • Programming;
  • R coding style for concise, clear and consistent code which are easier to read and edit;
  • Standard programming constructs: loops, if-then-else statements, functions, ..., to write basic program scripts;
  • R base graphics for basic visualizations (bar plots, pie charts, scatter plots, ...).

    Date and venue:

    edition 1: 7-8 March 2022 online
    Edition 2: 25-26 April 2022 on Campus

    Study load:

    The study load of this course is 0.7 ECTS credits.

    Registration & Costs:

    PhD candidates affiliated with VLAG/WUR * 150 €
    All other PhD candidates 325 €
    Postdoc / staff from VLAG 325 €
    Postdoc / non-profit staff not affiliated with VLAG 500 €
    Industry / Non academics 800 €

    Costs includes material, tea/coffee and lunches.
    * VLAG/EPS/PE&RC/WASS/WIAS/WIMEK PhD candidates with an approved TSP.

    Register here

    Cancellations policy:

    • No charge until one month before the start of the course
    • 25% of the course fee paid or due till 7 days before the start of the course
    • No refund after 7 days before the start of the course

    Substitutions for participants may be made at any time until the start of the course.


    For more information please contact Suzanne van der Wielen