module 00: essential tools for R

module 00: essential tools for R

  • module 00: Essential tools for R
    01/09/2020 - 04/09/2020
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Tue 01/09: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm | online
    Wed 02/09: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm | online
    Thu 03/09: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm | online
    Fri 04/09: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm | online

Course details

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This course gives an introduction to the use of the statistical software language R. R is a language for data analysis and graphics. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of R. This is a hands-on course with practical exercises. The course includes:
- An introduction to the R software
- Importing and exporting data in R
- Different data types and structures in R
- Basic data manipulations in R
- Making basic graphics in R
- Performing some basic descriptive and statistical analysis in R
- Gentle introduction to some more advanced techniques (e.g., writing your own functions, conditions and loops,..etc.)

Course structure

In this course, you will find a mix of R basic programming and basic statistics. However, the focus is on getting acquainted with R instead of explaining statistical techniques. If you wish to have a formal training in statistical techniques, this is not the course for you. Also, if you wish to follow a course completely devoted only on programming in R, this is not the course for you.
It is recommended to install R and RStudio beforehand. Both are freely available:
- For R, you can visit the site for installation.
- For RStudio you can visit for installation


There are no prerequisites, but previous knowledge about basic mathematical and statistical principles (e.g., vectors, descriptive statistics) is recommended.
For whom: Everyone who is interested in using the R as statistical software.


Lara Stas obtained a master in psychology and a PhD in data analysis (UGent). In 2019, she became a statistical consultant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she provides statistical and methodological support for human and social scientists. Special interests: statistical consultancy (broadscale), dyadic data analysis, structural equation modeling, and R.

Wilfried Cools is trained as master in psychology who turned to methodology and statistics.
He is currently working as a consultant to support the research of others, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is spreading the word of R for more than a decade.

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