Course Overview:

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover an introduction to The Shell, Python and R. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Keywords: Carpentries, programming, coding, novice, R, Python, linux 

Skill level of training: Beginner  

Language: English

Venue of workshop: Online via Zoom; link will be communicated to those who are accepted.

Dates for the workshop: 14 - 18 March 2022 from ~10 am – 2:30 pm all days

Registration opens:  02 March 2022 | Registration closes: 09 March 2022 | Notification date: 10 March 2022

Link to application form: This is a closed workshop aimed at students and staff at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

Workshop trainers: Lyndon Zass, Ruth Nanjala, Verena Ras, Ichrak Benamri, Nihad Alsayed, Melek Chaouch, Ziyaad Parker, Mamana Mbiyavanga 

Workshop organisers: H3ABioNet, Verena Ras, Lyndon Zass, Nicola Martin, Darren Martin

Workshop Sponsors: H3ABioNet

Intended Audience: UCT Computational Biology Honour’s cohort + anyone else from within UCT Health Sciences who may be interested

Syllabus and Tools: please see workshop website:

Prerequisites: As this is presented at a novice level, no prerequisites are required but you will need to have access to a laptop where you are able to install the required software (R, Python, shell terminal). You will also need good internet access to ensure you are able to be online for the full course.

Workshop limitations: This workshop will only provide a foundation in Linux, R and Python but will not teach any advanced coding or programming. Should this be what you require, this may not be the appropriate course for you.


Training Materials Availability:

Training materials used for this course were not directly produced by H3ABioNet but may be accessed here: Please note, these materials may be governed by different sharing/re-use policies, and you are encouraged to follow the policies of the external providers regarding material re-use and/or sharing.