Introduction to 'R'

This course will introduce PhD Researchers to fundamental concepts in programming in the R language and R Studio. R allows for basic and advanced statistical analysis, which is why it is essential for the researcher. The course will involve an overview of programming structures and the R language nuances and syntax, including vectors, matrices, lists, data frames, functions, factors, and sub-setting. The course will also cover data importing and analysis using these concepts, and provide a tutorial of basic descriptive statistics in R.


  • Dr Juliana Gerard

    Juliana Gerard joined the School of Communication in 2016. Her research and teaching interests are in language acquisition and language processing in children and adults. Her work has focused on how processes that are not specific to language, like memory and inhibitory control, can influence children’s language development.

    Juliana studied linguistics and cognitive science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated summa cum laude with concurrent bachelors and masters degrees. She then moved to Maryland to pursue a PhD in linguistics, specialising in children's language acquisition, and finally to Ulster as a Lecturer in linguistics.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework