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Course module: BMB502214
Introduction to R for Life Sciences
Course info
Course codeBMB502214
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Cancer, Stem Cells and Development Biology;
Contact persondr. A.S.J. Melquiond
Contactperson for the course
dr. A.S.J. Melquiond
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Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkDates 8-12 Oct 2018 & 18-22 Feb 2019. Apply via Max 30 participants per course.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
  1. getting familiar with R and Rstudio;
  2. working with data structures, objects and functions;
  3. basic flow control;
  4. importing and manipulating data;
  5. plotting data;
  6. writing (simple) functions;
  7. libraries;
  8. application of basic statistics.
Period: 8 October - 12 October 2018 and 18 February - 22 Februari 2019.  

Course description
The course runs for five days from approximately 9.00 till 16.00. Each day consists of a morning and afternoon session that will start with a short lecture followed by an interactive hands-on computer practical to familiarize students with R. Attendance is required at all times. A programming assignment in R is used for grading the course.

Due to technological advances in molecular biology (genomics, large-scale systems biology) research in the life sciences is becoming increasingly data rich. Currently, appropriate analyses of large-scale datasets (proteomics, genomes, Htseq, RNAseq, ChIPseq, etc) are a limiting factor. The aim of this course is to give a basic training in R for molecular biologists.
R is a widely used software environment for statistical computing and provides a wide variety of libraries for data manipulation, modeling and visualization. The course will give an introduction to R and Rstudio, an integrated development environment for R. Throughout the course you will use a single data set to take you through the basic functionality of R and Rstudio in an interactive fashion. Supplemented with several commonly used libraries, plotting and analyses routines and supporting data sets this will familiarize students with R and at the same time show the value of using R for analyzing and visualizing large amounts of data. At the beginning of the course you will be given a programming assignment that has to be handed in at the end of the course, based upon which a grade will be given.

Prerequisites knowledge
  • A good understanding of molecular biology
  • Affinity with data-driven life science research
  • Previous experience with computer programming is not required
Course material:
  • R (will be available on the provided course laptops,
  • Rstudio (will be available on the provided course laptops,
  • Lectures, exercises and corrections handouts will be provided during the course.
Please register online on the CS&D website: CS&D students have priority in registration until 3 weeks before the start of the course. Thereafter, registration is on 'first-come-first-serve' basis until the maximum number of 30 participants is reached.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme:
No, except for students with a Bioinformatics Profile
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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