Introduction to R and RStudio

Introduction to R and RStudio for anyone wishing to get started using R for data analysis and statistics. This course is taught in English. It will not be possible to follow the course through Zoom. 

The course lasts for two half days.

Part 1: Thursday 8. October 9:15 - 12:00, Ole Johan Dahls hus seminar room Java

Part 2: Friday 9. October 9:15 - 12:00, Ole Johan Dahls hus seminar room Logo


A brief introduction to data science and statistics in R and RStudio. 


  • Become familiar with the different menus and options that you have in R and RStudio
  • Learn how data is handled and represented in R
  • How to write data directly into R, and how to import different types of data files
  • Recode variables and calculate new variables based on raw data
  • Present data using graphs
  • Descriptive statistics, i.e. describe a data set using measures such as mean, standard deviation, median, skewness, etc., and know what these mean and how they should be interpreted
  • Learn how to efficiently document what you do in R/RStudio, both for the sake of reproducibility, but also to make your own work more efficient

Target audience

Researchers and graduate students who wish to get started with R/RStudio. Basic knowledge of research methods and statistics is an advantage, but not a requirement.


3+3 hours.

Signing up

In order to participate in this course, you need to have a valid user account at the University of Oslo (username and password). Sign up here! The course is full.

Important: Participants need to have their own laptop with both R and RStudio installed. Both R and RStudio are free. R can be downloaded from and RStudio from The course is taught in a regular seminar room, not a computer lab. It is recommended  that you bring a power cord for your own device. If you need help installing R and/or RStudio, contact local IT in your department. If you cannot install R and RStudio on your own computer, use UiO Programkiosk.


Anne S. Bergsaker, PhD

Number of participants


Contact information

If you have any questions about the course, send us an email:

Links to course material

Publisert 18. aug. 2020 11:24 - Sist endret 9. okt. 2020 13:20