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Cardiff Business School, Cardiff CF10 3EU

This course will concentrate on enabling participants to use R to input data, to summarise it and to carry out some basic statistical analyses and tests.


R is a statistical programming environment which is free and Open Source. Thanks to a large online community of R users and developers, there is little doubt that it is one of the best available statistical packages. Its flexibility, wealth of available packages and graphics capacity are but a few of its notable features.
Participants will also learn to appreciate the rationale behind the methods used.

Who is the course for?

This course is for researchers who would like to know more about the statistical software r, for the purposes of conducting statistical analysis.

What does the course cover?

  • Data input - formatting and getting data into R
  • Types of data - numerical and text-valued data and how statistics and R deals with them
  • Graphics and Summary Measures for examining the distribution of data values - typical tools for Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Relationships between two variables - Correlations
  • Statistical distributions and why they are important for techniques such as sampling
  • Hypothesis tests (including the sign, t-, Mann-Whitney and Chi-Squared tests)
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Combining and Merging Data Sets
  • Simple Univariate and Multivariate Models

Who is the course trainer?

Peter Morgan is reader in quantitative analysis at Cardiff Business School. Originally an industrial chemist, he has a PhD in polymer physical chemistry and worked in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and catalysis before moving into quantitative methods for data analysis. He is co-author of a text on computational methods for the chemical sciences.

He currently teaches quantitative methods in a business context to both undergraduate and postgraduate level with an emphasis on Exploratory Data Analysis and the use of the R statistical environment for tackling data analysis issues. His research interests include sampling methods for price indices, data modelling with neural networks and the analysis of violent assault data. He is a member of the Centre for Price and Inflation and the Violence and Society Research Group - both at Cardiff University.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Application of Knowledge and Understanding


Members - £85 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £100 + VAT
Non-members - £170 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 7685 2578

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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