Today is your lucky day, my dear Sir / Madam. I have uploaded the R training notes from my colleagues and I to my GitHub page: kevinblighe/Rtutorials
These are for absolute beginners. Lecture 3 of the series takes a focus on stats using a commonly used dataset called cats, and als another on exam results from different US states. If you follow the notes, you'll see how you can easily load these.
Feel free to edit, but would appreciate some credit for my colleagues and I, should you wish to use these.
PS - I no longer work at that university