Basic Course on R

Course date: 17 May 2016 - 20 May 2016
Location: Erasmus MC, C00-5

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Please note that the lecture time in the attached program can be extended


Basic course on 'R'


The Erasmus Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine of the Erasmus MC organizes this basic course on the statistical package ‘R’.

'R' ( has become the 'lingua franca' of data analysis and statistical computing. Its great success is attributed to its free availability and the capability for a wide range of analysis and graphics.

Location and times (maximal course times to be planned):

Tuesday 17 May from 13:00 - 18:00 hours in in room: C00-5

Wednesday 18 May from 09:30 - 17:15 hours in room: C00-5

Thursday 19 May from 09:30 - 17:15 hours in room: C00-5

Friday 20 May from 09:30 - 15:00 hours in room: C00-5


This course will be held in computer room C00-5 and the last day in C00-3 at the Medical Faculty of the Erasmus MC. See the MolMed website for maps and travel directions:

This course is primarily targeted at (junior) biomedical researchers and therefore the only prerequisite is general knowledge of molecular biology.

In this course we will provide a smooth introduction to the R system using both GUI-based and command-based sessions.

Learning objectives: after following this course participants will be able to use R in their everyday data manipulation and statistical analysis tasks. Moreover, they will learn the basic structure of the language in such a way that it will become easier to follow more advanced topics such as the Bioconductor ( or advanced R programming (e.g. handling large data bases, etc.). This R course is a preparation for the course: Analysis of microarray and RNA Seq expression data using R/BioC and web tools, which will take place from 4 - 8 July, 2016. Please note that there is no overlap between the Basic course on R and  the Analysis of microarray and RNA Seq expression data using R/BioC and web tools course.

What this course is not about!
This course is not about statistics. However, since R is a statistical programming language some basic knowledge of statistical concepts is required. During the course the concepts needed will be briefly summarized.

This 4-day course is 1,8 ECTS.


Registration can be done via this website. Participants are allowed to participate on a first-come first-serve basis. Due to the practical nature of this workshop, there is a limited attendance. Because of the popularity of this workshop registrations from the Erasmus MC will be given priority.


Registration fee

The subscription fee of non-commercial participants for the Course is € 600. Discounts are handled as followed:

  • PhD students get a discount of 50% and pay €300.
  • Only participants from the postgraduate school MolMed get a discount of 100% and pay €0.
  • Other Erasmus MC participants, like NIHES and MGC members and master students from elsewhere get a discount of 50% and pay €300.
  • Master students from elsewhere who pay the fee from their personal budget get a discount of 75% and pay €150.


General information
Financial regulation of the Postgraduate School Molmed

From August 1st, 2012 the following financial guidelines are applied in general, but they may differ per course still, look at the course fee of each course to be sure which discounts are really applied:

Non-commercial course, symposium or workshop fee: €200/day, €750/week

• Participants of the postgraduate school MolMed: discount of 100%.
• Other Erasmus MC participants, e.g. of MGC, COEUR, NIHES: discount of 50%.
• PhD students and Master’s students, regardless of institution: discount of 50%.
• Master’s students who are paying the fee from their personal budget: discount of 75%.

There is one fee for the entire course. There is no reduction for partial participation.

The SPSS Course and the R Course have shorter course days. The SPSS Course counts as a 2-days course and the R Course as a 3-days course.

Commercial participants & sponsors: companies are invited to inquire about commercial participant tuition fees and about sponsoring.

Those who register for a course, symposium or workshop agree with these financial conditions.


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