Introduction to “R” Software

  • Start Date: October 22, 2019
  • End Date: October 22, 2019
  • Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
  • City: Revelstoke, BC
  • Venue: Okanagan College - 1401 1 St W, Revelstoke, BC
  • Instructor: Carl Schwarz

Course Description

New to R?

The purpose of this 1/2 day workshop is to give participants and introduction to R/RStudio so that you can take full advantage of the subsequent 3 day course:  Stats Refresher for Biologists in “R” – see HERE for details. This course may also be taken on it’s own.


Course content

  • R/Rstudio – mechanics of using
  • Libraries
  • Basic R syntax and concepts
  • Basic input/output
  • Basic data structures (Data frames)
  • Basic ggplot (creating graphs)
  • Basic model fitting (lm), getting output (method functions), plotting (ggplot)



Dr. Carl Schwarz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University. Carl has taught  many courses with CMI, and is back by popular request! Carl won the SSC Award for Impact of Applied and Collaborative Work 2017.


Required software

  • Base R and Rstudio (available for Mac, Linux and Windows systems)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Excel
  • More detailed software requirements can be found here


Preparation for the course

  • About 2 weeks before the course you will be sent a web link where you can download pre-reading, a course manual, a set of practice exercises to load on your computer before the class, and a reminder about where to get the course software.
  • You will need to bring your own laptop pre-loaded with the required software and downloaded files.
  • Consider bringing along an external monitor, an external keyboard and a mouse if you have a small laptop.
  • You will need to make your own hotel booking, and remember to ask for the rates we’ve arranged for people attending this course (see below for suggestions).



Registration includes catering provided by La Baguette. Registration for the proceeding Stats Refresher in R Software course may be done at the same time as you register for this course (see link below).

CMI Member: $98.00

Non-member:  $143.00

NOTE: You can purchase your $40 membership at the same time as you register.  See more about membership here.

Register HERE


Where to stay?

We have set up a room-block at the Stoke Hotel with a special room rate of $89.99 + tax / night, includes continental breakfast, and new outdoor hot tub. Rooms held until XXX 2019 after which they will be available on first come first serve basis. To receive this rate you must call the hotel directly at 1-877-837-5221 and state that you are with the “CMI group.” This hotel is located across on the west side of the highway but is still an easy walking distance to the college.  Ask them to direct you to the river-side path that will take you under the highway bridge.

If you are wanting to camp, we recommend the Lamplighter Campground which would only be about 10-15 mins walk from the college. This campground is well-maintained and has all the amenities. 250-837-3385.


Thanks to our partner and host:

The Columbia Mountains Institute would like to give a big THANK YOU to our event partner:

Okanagan College – Revelstoke Centre


  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
  • Email

Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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