Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


The unit introduces students to data collection and analysis, and reproducible report preparation using R and R studio. The specific context of the examples used are relevant to research and data analysis in environmental and agricultural science, and environmental and agricultural economics. Students learn to recognise the appropriate statistical technique for different types of data, and also learn how to obtain and interpret results using the R software platform.

Methods such as ANOVA, linear regression, generalised linear regression, and non-parametric methods are explained and illustrated in the online lectures. Students then complete practical computer based exercises to develop their knowledge and understanding of each approach. Students are also introduced to basic programming concepts that allow R to be used to automate repetitive data management and analysis tasks; the advanced graphics capacity of R; and the workflow for reproducible report generation.

This unit equips students with the knowledge and skills that they need to undertake data analysis at a standard consistent with most workplace demands, using R.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) to collect, manage, and interpret observational and experimental data relevant to agricultural and environmental applications; (2) formulate testable hypotheses and use appropriate statistics to test them; and (3) use R/Rstudio to prepare professional high quality reports that integrate data analysis, graphics, and general reporting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written report; (2) online assignments; and (3) written report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor James Fogarty
Contact hours
150 hours.
The structured activities include approximately 1 hour of online recorded lecture content and approximately 2 hours of computer practical examples to complete each week for 12 weeks.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.