Producing Excellent Graphics Simply

1 day workshop: no date

  • Do you need to produce graphs of your data, simply and effectively?

  • Are you frustrated by how difficult this seems to be?

  • Do you wonder how to represent statistical inferences graphically?

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We are offering a one-day workshop designed to show participants the principles and practice of effective graphics.

Workshop participants will:


In the work of the Statistical Consulting Centre, there is an obvious need for good graphs. We need to produce the graphs quickly, edit them easily, and be able to incorporate them into reports seamlessly.

In our view and experience, few of the statistical packages have well-developed graphical capacity. Some software is quite poor in this respect. An important exception is Minitab, which we use and recommend for the overwhelming majority of graphical applications: it allows the production of publication quality graphics quickly and effectively, and has important editing capacity.

Our view is that it is worth considering the use of Minitab solely for graphical purposes, even if you have learned and use other statistical software for analysis. This option is particularly attractive to staff and students of The University of Melbourne, who are able to install Minitab at no cost, under the university's licence.

Workshop structure:

The first session of the day will commence at 9:15 a.m. and the final session will end at approximately 4:45 p.m. The sessions will mix lecture presentations with practical work using software; tutorial help will be available. A set of notes will be provided. Morning and afternoon tea are included; lunch is not included.

Workshop presenters:

Application form DAE

Associate Professor Ian Gordon, the Director of the Statistical Consulting Centre and Dr Sue Finch, who have given many similar courses previously.


Wilson computer lab

The workshopwill be held in the Wilson Computer Laboratory in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Richard Berry Building.

Parking within the University grounds will not be available.

Trams are conveniently located on Swanston Street,
the centre encourages sustainable forms of transport.

Public transport timetable


There are no formal prerequisites though it is expected that most participants will have had some experience handling data. The onus is on participants to check that the course suits their needs. Please do this carefully.


Enrolment package:

Application form DAE

Paying by credit card for all participants:

Credit card payment

(no application required by this method)

Other payments require an application form:

Other payment methods form

Please send completed enrolment forms to:
Statistical Consulting Centre
Richard Berry Building
The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

Email: fax: 8344 7499.

If you have difficulties downloading the form or any questions related to the course,

Submit an enquiry form

or contact Deb Maillardet on 8344 6995.

If you would like to register your expression of interest in 'Producing Excellent Graphics Simply', please complete and submit the following:

Expression of interest