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pencil CPE: Pending approval

calendar 12 June

clock 2.30pm until 6.00pm

location Castille, Casa Leone, Floriana

Data handling skills are a major emerging requirement for the workforce of today.

This course is ideal for those who do not have an IT or software development background, and who wish to take their data handling capabilities to the next level. No previous programming experience is required, as the course will start from the very basic concepts of variables, and will then progress to more advanced techniques.

R provides a wide variety of statistical techniques and graphical capabilities that will assist the attendees to break new ground at their place of work, be it research, AML, fraud detection or any other role that requires proper and controlled handling of data. This course will help participants familiarize themselves with R and the RStudio environment such that they may use R to achieve their data handling objectives, including performing statistical tests and analyses.

Practical exercises will be held throughout the course sessions, and hence it is required that participants bring their own laptops pre-installed with R and Rstudio, in good working order. In consideration for other attendees, it will not be possible to troubleshoot installations during lessons. In case of difficulty please let us know and we will offer alternate solutions.

Candidates may be eligible to claim part of the cost incurred under the Investing in Skills Scheme.  Click here for further information.

A discounted price is available for students.  Booking is subject to availability and on presentation of a valid student card.

For full programme and registration form please click the pdf file below.


Programme Outline

Session 1 – 12 June

1430 – 1500         Welcome and Registration

1500 – 1530         R and Why R

1530 – 1600      The RStudio Environment

1600 – 1645      Variables, Data Manipulation, Calculation and Display

1645 – 1700      Coffee Break

1700 – 1730      Getting Help

1730 – 1800      Vectors and Vector Arithmetic


Session 2 – 19 June

1430 – 1500      Factors

1500 – 1545         Arrays, Lists and Data Frames

1545 – 1630         Loops

1630 – 1645      Coffee Break

1645 – 1715      Conditional Statements

1715 – 1800      Functions


Session 3 – 26 June

1430 – 1500      Reading Data from Files

1500 – 1545         Graphics

1545 – 1630      Data Analysis

1630 – 1645      Coffee Break

1645 to 1715    R packages

1715 – 1800      Latin Hypercube Package


Learning Outcomes

This course will allow attendees to familiarize with the style of R. Candidates will learn how to import and manipulate data in the R environment, by using various objects that exist within R. Attendees will also have regular hands-on sessions on the various topics covered throughout the course, including Data Analysis and Visualization.


Target Audience

This course is intended for professionals in disciplines that require data handling, including auditors, risk managers, human resources, accounting and finance, business managers, scientists and research professionals, research and develoment, marketing, strategy, procurement, and those working in academia.


About the Speaker

With over 20 years of experience in the IT and Financial Services industry, Mark Fenech heads the IT Audit Team within a local bank.  Ranging from technical, less technical and outright non-technical domains, Mark’s skills extend across multiple disciplines required within IT Auditing, IT Risk Management, Cybersecurity and other various IT Management Processes.

Mark is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA, ISACA), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC, ISACA), holds certifications in Cybersecurity (CSX, ISACA) and in the Governance and Management Framework for Enterprise IT (COBIT, ISACA), is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), holds a Teacher’s Warrant from the Council for the Teaching Profession, and is also a Competent Communicator (CC, Toastmasters International). In addition, Mark holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Malta, and an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management.

He is also a seasoned Public Speaker and speaks frequently on a variety of topics for educational purposes and for raising awareness within different entities.


Tags: R for non-Programmers